Get fit with Fido

Getting fit with your dog

As your best friend who is eager to please, your dog makes the perfect exercise partner. Due to their fitness and stamina, your four-legged has the energy to go the extra mile and help you push yourself to your limits this new year. Whatever your level of fitness, your dog will stay by your side from gentle walking to running a marathon. Getting fit with your dog makes exercise fun and reinforces the bond between dog and owner too.

What to do and where to go

Getting fit with your dog opens up a world of new environments;  when jogging around the streets of your home gets boring why take a jog around the local parks or woodland, or even take a trip to the coast and run along the beach. Each environment adds obstacles and increases your fitness levels and adds extra excitement for your furry friend.  You can visit some breath-taking landscapes with your pet and create memories that will last a lifetime.

As your levels of fitness increase so can your fitness regime, use this as a way to introduce new sports to your dog and experience them together. Dogs have the ability to join in lots of sports from marathon running and water and snow sports to flyball and mushing. There’s a great range of equipment available so that both dog and owner are fully prepared and remain safe during particular games.

The benefits to you and your dog

The benefits of exercise to dogs are the same as with humans, it keeps them fit and healthy, reduces the likelihood of diseases and can increase life expectancy, as well as providing physical and mental stimulation. But as with humans dogs to can become injured and you have to consider any traits in breeds that could impact their physical ability. Remember if you use your dog as a fitness partner that any physical exercise you complete must also reflect your dog’s age and level of fitness and any routine  should be adjusted accordingly.

When getting fit with your dog remember to take the necessary equipment depending on your chosen sport, for instance, a harness and safety equipment or a towel if you’ve joined in water sports.  A portable dog bowl for fresh drinking water is vital and you can also get these for food if you’re likely to be out a while.

Getting fit with your dog doesn’t just benefit you both physically but mentally as well. It’s already been proven that pets improve our mental health but by exercising together your pet’s mental health is improved too by keeping the brain active.

Getting fit doesn’t have to be a chore, get your dog involved and make exercise fun this year.