It seems so many humans and dogs struggle with staying fit, but if you make fitness fun, it becomes easy to stay fit. Bailie and I got together to discuss what we find to be good tips to help humans and their dogs get and stay fit.
You don’t need to get frustrated, angry, and get your furry panties all in knots over getting and staying fit. Don’t force fitness either. Fitness is something you need to do over a lifetime, not just for a short time to lose weight. Hopefully these 5 tips will help make fitness fun for you and your dog.
Bailie and I love to play chase. We chase in the yard almost daily which is a fantastic workout! Mom loves to run, so she runs with Bailie in the mornings and they both have a lot of fun on their runs. If you can find a workout activity which involves your dog, it helps keep you motivated as we love working out and make excellent fitness buddies!
Try to find convenient activities to limit the excuses you make. If you don’t like driving to your fitness activity, then find one at home you can participate in. Maybe start a neighborhood walking group? Bailie enjoys Frisbee games in the yard. Neither of us retrieve, so Mom has to chase Bailie around the yard to get the Frisbee back which is a good workout for them both.
Simple activities are often the most fun and the easiest to get hooked on. If you need a lot of fancy or expensive gear, or specific weather conditions, chances are you won’t stick with your program. Many communities have public tennis courts which are fenced in. Take your dog along and hit balls, let him retrieve or chase them. You don’t need much equipment and it is a fun way to workout together with your dog.
Establishing a routine is key to a successful fitness plan. Find the activities you enjoy and make a schedule. For example, maybe you want to walk for an hour Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, put it on the calendar and do it. Set reminders, make it a priority. Stick with your program for a minimum of a month. It takes the brain at least that long to start feeling like it needs the particular activity. Throw away the excuses and just do it. Your dog will come to expect the activity as well. We chase every night in the yard and if for some reason we can’t go out and chase, we are not happy. The same goes for walking and running every morning. Mom couldn’t say “no” even if she wanted to!
Variety is the spice of life and will make fitness fun! We alternate between running, and walking in the mornings. On all our walks and runs during the day, we vary our routes to keep from getting bored. Mom does most of her working out with at least one of us, but many people workout at the gym, go skiing, or other activities without their dog. The point is to get in the habit of working out and create enough variety to eliminate boredom.
Find activities you love, stick with them, vary them, and bring your dog along. You will succeed at making fitness fun and you will be likely to stick with your plan! At our house we all look forward to working out because it is fun, and that is how it should be!
I’m co hosting the FitDog Friday Blog Hop with SlimDoggy, and To Dog With Love! Please join us on Fridays to share your fitness stories with others, find new ways to have fun, and new fitness ideas too! Tell your friends to stop by as well – fit dogs are healthier, happier dogs!