By: Anna-Leigh Firth
This blog post was originally posted here.
The weather is getting warmer outside and you know what that means… Bikini season is upon us.
You may be slacking on your get-in-shape-New-Year-resolution, but there’s no need worry; there is a fun, green, and pro-active way to get closer to a healthier lifestyle for not only yourself, but for your four-legged friend too.
Your dog makes the best workout buddy for a number of reasons —
- It’s safe to say that your dog has high energy.
No one can deny that dogs are active creatures. They hate being cooped up inside for long periods of time and they will tell you this in a variety of ways. They will run around the house and knock things over; they will chew on various items; they will eat your homework; or they will sit by the window and longingly look outside. Therefore, every dog owner should take the responsibility of walking their dog at least once a day. Some may even want to take it to the next level and include their dog in their workout routine. This is a savvy idea because your four-legged friend will have a lot of energy to exalt and, therefore, motivate you to push yourself in order to keep up.
- Your dog will encourageproductivity.
Your dog won’t waste any time with small talk, the latest gossip, or catching up. You also won’t have to wait for your dog to get geared up in their workout attire. Nor will you have to worry about your dog flaking on your workout. Basically, they are low-maintenance—you won’t have to accommodate for anything. Therefore, you will get more done and see more results.
- Youcall the shots… Unless there’s a bunny or squirrel.
You don’t have to worry about finding time to work out between two busy schedules. When you’re ready to go, your dog will be too. You can control the pace, route, and longevity… Erm, unless of course your dog sees a rodent, but all that does is add an extra sprint to your workout.
- You have absolutelyno needto feel self-conscious.
Your dog won’t judge you— it loves you for you. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about buying the newest workout clothes or getting all dolled-up for the gym. Furthermore, your dog doesn’t care if your body isn’t in the best shape (yet). If anything, your dog will take the attention away from you. Other people will be so caught up in paying attention to how cute your dog is that they won’t even notice how sweaty you may be.
- Your dog’s enthusiasm will motivate you topush your boundaries(and have fun doing it).
Your dog will be so excited to go on a run with you that it will encourage you to motivate yourself to work out. You will both become healthier, happier, and benefit from working out together. You will also both get a good night’s rest. Say goodbye to having trouble going to sleep and getting woken up in the middle of the night by your furry friend.
It is your responsibility to provide a healthy lifestyle for your dog. Why not kill two birds with one stone and kick start a workout regime that kicks butt for both of you?
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Photo credit: Zuko the shiba photo, CC BY 2.0 by Taro the Shiba Inu at Flickr