Dog Exercise: Ways You Both Can Get Fit

by Kathryn R. Gubista

Seventy percent (70%) of Americans and fifty percent (50%) of our dog companions are overweight or obese. That is seven out of ten people and one of two dogs who tip the scales in this unhealthy red-zone. Is there an easy, practical solution to this health epidemic?  Yes, and it may be as simple as finding a dog exercise that allows you both to get fit.

Scientific studies have proven that regular physical exercise improves health. Although having the best intentions, many people struggle to stick with fitness programs. One big problem is squeezing regularly scheduled fitness classes into hectic personal schedules. Unfortunately, these scheduling conflicts can actually cause stress instead of relieving it. One way to solve this problem is to fit exercise around your busy schedule, rather than trying to fit your busy schedule around your exercise.

A dog exercise, like regularly walking your dog, may be the secret to your fitness success. Click To Tweet

A dog exercise, like regularly walking your dog, may be the secret to your fitness success. Not surprisingly, those who walk their dogs for as little as 30 minutes daily significantly lower the risk of many diseases, including obesity. Moreover, humans who regularly associate with dogs experience reduced stress and anxiety, lowered blood pressure, improved overall heart health, relief from depression and enhanced self-esteem, just to name a few observable health benefits. Their companionship provides a sense of courage and confidence for those less than comfortable in social situations.

Your furry companion will also realize health benefits from regular dog exercise. Regular walks and workouts will nourish the heart, mind and soul of humans and dogs alike. Investing time and energy in your dog will give you a friend, companion and workout partner who exemplifies motivation and perseverance to keep you going, even in the toughest times.

Kathryn R. Gubista, PhD, offers concierge dog training through Lucky Dog Training and has over 30 years of dog training experience in disciplines including obedience, tracking, agility, sheepherding, dock diving and fieldwork. Kathryn is an evolutionary biologist and teaches a diversity of biology courses in higher education settings.

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