At the beginning of each year, a countless number of Americans pledge to get in better shape. In fact, a 2019 survey conducted by the market research company YouGov reported that 50% of the Americans sampled said that their 2020 New Year’s resolution was “exercising more.”
Here at The Gentle Pit, we think improving one’s fitness safely and healthily is a good goal to have. That being said, it can be a little boring.
That’s where your dog comes in! All pup parents can attest that everything is more fun with your dog by your side, including trying to get your cardio in.
Not only that, but making sure that your dog is getting enough exercise can help lengthen their lives, as it is a way to combat canine obesity. It can also help lessen your pup’s anxiety if you have a particularly nervous dog.
“Because exercise decreases anxiety overall, lack of exercise can contribute to anxiety-based conditions. More specifically, lack of exercise and mental stimulation can lead to attention-seeking and destructive behaviors,” explained veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil during a 2017 interview with BeChewy.
Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil went on to say that exercising with your dog, specifically in a public space, can help with their social skills, stating,
“Exercise can and should be part of a whole program of exposure to other dogs, people, and environmental stimuli. This is necessary for proper socialization, particularly during young puppyhood.”
How you decide to get fit with your pup is really up to you! Before beginning your joint fitness journey, however, you should consult your physician and your dog’s vet to ensure that you both have a clean bill of health.
Once that is taken care of, commit to going on a 30-minute daily walk around your neighborhood or local park. If you happen to live near a hiking trail, go on a trek with your pup on the weekends. For those who have a pool, consider swimming a few laps alongside your dog.
Whatever you decide to do, just make sure that you and your furry friend are having fun!