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5 Ways to Work Out With Your Dog

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Between work, responsibilities at home, maintaining a social life, and getting a full night’s sleep, it can be tough to squeeze in the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week. Luckily, studies confirm that dog owners are more likely to be consistent with their exercise regimens and to be healthier than those who have other types of pets or no pets at all. If you fall into the former group, you’re in luck! There are so many ways you can engage in physical activity with your dog that are fun, healthy, and a great way to strengthen your human-canine bond. Here are a few ideas for working out with your dog from The Doggy Dojo.

Go for a brisk walk If you can maintain a moderate pace, a 20 minute walk with your four-legged friend can burn up to 68 calories. Throw in a high-energy game of Frisbee or tug-of-war and your heart rate will soar!

Hit the trails Your dog craves adventure, so why not trek to a nearby suburb and explore a forest preserve? Traversing the rough terrain is a great way to challenge yourself and your pup will love all of the new sights and smells.

Ride your bike It can take a bit of training, but riding your bike with your dog running along side you is a fantastic way for you and your pup to get some aerobic exercise. Word of warning: Beware of squirrels!

Go for a swim If your pup is of a breed that likes the water, swimming is a great way to beat the heat and get your heart rate up. What’s more, swimming is easy on the joints, which is especially beneficial for dogs approaching their golden years.

Try a boot camp class Enrolling in an instructor-led boot camp class is a sure way to leave you and your four-legged friend dog-tired. The professionals at K9 Fit Club combine cardio, strength, and agility for a well-rounded workout.

As if you needed another reason to cherish your beloved pup, you can now add “increased level of physical fitness” to your list. Not only does having a dog give you a great excuse to stay active, exercising with your dog is also beneficial for your pup’s fitness and increases your bond as a pair. What’s your favorite way to work out with your dog? Share your tips with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!

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