Summer is right around the corner, and it’s time to break out those bikinis and swim trunks and get ready to head for the beach! And also it’s time to dig up that old new year’s resolution to work out more (it’s never too late to start!).
We didn’t want to leave your dogs out of this workout routine, especially because they can be great motivators. They’ve got boundless energy, and those adorable eyes that you just can’t say no to! So here are 7 workouts that you can do with your dog to get both of you in shape!
- Run with Your Dog
We all know running can be a pain sometimes, especially when you’re starting out. Your lungs burn after the first mile, and it can be hard to find motivation to stay consistent with your workouts. If you’re a beginner, take your dog out for morning walks, but kick it up a notch and try a brisk walk and increase your pace. Then move into running for a few minutes, and then catching your breath. Be sure to bring your dog with you! Once your pup is used to your workout routine, they will be the best motivator to get you out there. They’ll wait by your sneakers, tail wagging, with an energy that you just can’t say no to.
- Go Paddleboarding
If you live close to the ocean or a lake, try paddleboarding with your dog! It’s a killer ab workout, and not to mention that you can work on your tan at the same time! This workout is great for dogs that already love to swim. If it’s hard for both of you to balance on the board, try kneeling instead of standing and lowering your center of gravity. Make sure to buy a lifejacket for your dog in case they fall off, to make it easier to lift your dog back onto the paddleboard.
There’s a great one you can get from amazon right here: https://www.amazon.com/NRS-CFD-Dog-Life-Jacket/dp/B000GKIRCC
And dogs of all shapes and sizes can do this workout!
- Play Soccer
Want to be the next David Beckham? Turns out all you need is your dog! Some dogs, particularly breeds that herd, like the Bearded Collie or Australian Shepherd, love activities like this! You can buy a chew-proof soccer ball off of amazon that is resistant to doggie teeth, and teach your dog to play soccer. Starting out? Try teaching your dog to kick the ball with his nose (especially if he already opens doors with it!), and then modify it into a game of fetch, where you kick the ball, instead of throwing it. Too easy? Try racing your dog to the ball, and you’ll get a few sprints in too. Two paws up!
Don’t have a dog? No worries! Many shelters have programs where you can volunteer to help walk a dog and get them some exercise. Not only are you helping out the dogs, but also the staff at the shelter. Check with your local shelter to see if they offer a program like this.
Stick to these workouts, and your dog and you will be on your way to furry fitness in no time!