08 May 5 Fun Exercise Ideas for You and Your Pet
Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s a great time to start thinking about ways both you and your pet can exercise. Below are five simple ideas that can you get started creating a workout regime to keep you and your best friend healthy and active.
1. Go for Walks
Try letting your dog take you for a walk every once in a while. Instead of going on your usual path or dictating where to turn, let your dog take you where his instincts tell him to go. You may end up chasing after a squirrel or discovering a new path you hadn’t noticed before. Either way, your walks are bound to be longer and more exciting, giving both you and your pet exercise and entertainment.
2. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Dogs of any size can ride on the nose of your SUP board. Make sure you’re practiced enough at stand up paddle boarding before you decide to take your pet out with you. You’ll also want to make sure that both you and your dog are equipped with life vests and it’s a relatively calm, not windy day outside. That way you can focus on having fun and get a killer ab workout while doing it. As for your pet, being outdoors and swimming around in the water are great ways for them to get out of the house and get exercise.
Similar to paddle boarding, kayaking is for those who maybe don’t have the best sense of balance. The great thing about kayaking is that both you and your pet feel more secure and you can go out in different bodies of water. Kayaking allows for longer trips, so make sure you pack your lunch and plenty of water. No matter where you decide to go kayaking, it’s a great way to workout your arms and core and spend some quality time on the water with your pet.
4. Active Fetch
Even though fetch is a one-sided exercise and your pet can’t throw back the ball, you can still make this activity active for you as well. Instead of just standing or sitting and waiting for your dog to bring back the ball, try running around or jogging in the yard. You can also focus on doing things like squats, lunges, or even push-ups in between throwing the ball. Active fetch is a great way to let out some energy while keeping your pet entertained.
If your dog is one of those pets who pull you along and run when you’re trying to have a peaceful walk, biking and rollerblading may be the perfect activity for you. While you may not be excited to flat out run, dogs love the opportunity to go for a jog or even a short sprint with you by their sides. This way you don’t get tired out, your pet gets to release all of their pent-up energy, and you both get a great workout.
Exercising is important for both humans and animals to stay healthy both physically and mentally. With these exercise ideas, there’s truly no better workout partner than your four-legged friend.