• Deanne Pandey

Dogs >>>>>>>> Boring workouts

Who is your best gym buddy and also has four paws? That’s correct. Your dogs can make one of the best workout companions. So, apart from being absolutely adorable, they also help you achieve your fitness goals. It is a well known fact that pets help us relive stress and feel content. But did you know they are equally good motivating factors during a workout leading to lower heart disease risks, more energy packed workouts and more fun routines. Regular aerobic exercise can help keep you and your pet healthier. One of the main reasons that dogs and humans are a perfect pair when it comes to exercise is the fact that they burn close to the same amount of energy per pound when walking or running. Using your dog as motivation to take a walk is a great way to get outside more. Plus, it’s a win-win for both you and your pup, who will come home exhausted and ready to cuddle up for a post-walk nap. The best part about working out with your dog is reliance. You know your dog will not cancel on you because of last minute plans. Doing lunges in a crowded gym may be effective for your glutes, but it also makes you want to jump into the shower as soon as possible. Throwing the frisbee outside with your dog is not only a great way to escape the confines of the gym, but natural scents like lavender and jasmine can also reduce stress levels and elevate your mood. Moreover, your fitness routine will not feel like one if you workout with your dog.

Here are some ways to workout with your dog-

1. Jogs

Dogs are one of the most energetic creatures. Go for runs or jogs with your dog and watch him or her motivate you to run faster and better throughout.

2. Squat and throw

Don’t just play basic fetch, spice it up. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding the dog toy in both hands. Hinge at hips and send butt back to lower down into a squat. As you begin to rise, explode up onto your toes arching back as you throw the toy as far back over your head and behind you as possible. As soon as your dog returns with the toy, that’s one rep. Repeat for 10 reps.

3. Reverse lunge twist

Break a treat into five small pieces. Let your dog smell them in your hands, then close hands into fists and hold directly in front of chest. Standing with feet hip-width apart, step left foot back and lower into a lunge. At the bottom of the move, twist torso over your front thigh, then reverse the move to return to stand. Repeat on the other side. That’s one rep. Complete 10 reps. At the top of every other rep, reward your dog with a treat.

4. Stair running

As mentioned earlier, dogs are packed with lots of energy. Owing to the vertical elements of staircases, they are great to shape up your lower body. Stair running with your dog will work on your glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, as well as your calves.

5. Burpee throws

Start standing. With your dog’s attention, throw the toy as far as you can. Perform as many burpees as possible until your dog returns with the toy. Repeat 3 to 5 times. Each time, aim to throw the toy further and beat your last round of burpees.

These exercises will not only amount to a fun bonding time with your dog but also help you be fit.

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