Exercise and Walking the Dog

How Canine Ownership Can Ensure That You Get Enough Exercise

If you find that you just can’t seem to get enough time to exercise, maybe you should look for ways to multitask. Sound difficult? It doesn’t have to be. In fact, multitasking can be easy and if you have a dog, multitasking can even be fun.

Fido and Fifi Are Following Suit

Most veterinarians agree that Fido and his friends have become increasingly overweight in recent years. That really shouldn’t be any surprise to us since Americans are becoming increasingly overweight as well. The fact of the matter is that dogs aren’t getting enough exercise because their owners simply aren’t exercising them enough. Starting to see the link here?

Your New Exercise Partner

Okay, you need to keep fit and your pet needs to keep fit. Why not exercise together? Okay, maybe you can’t exactly hold a conversation with your pup as you’re taking him for a walk (unless, you don’t mind odd stares from strangers). That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the daily walks you and your dog take together.

Take It Slow

If you have a dog and you want to increase the amount of exercise you get on a daily basis, make sure you walk your pooch two to three times a day. Set your alarm clock early so that you have enough time to take your dog out for a brisk walk first thing in the morning. Start out slowly -- especially if you or your dog are not used to daily physical activity. Walk for about ten minutes in one direction and then turn around and walk home. Day by day, gradually add a few minutes to your outings.

Dress for the Weather

With winter approaching, make sure that you dress appropriately for the season and layer your clothing if you live in colder climates. Also ask your vet if he or she thinks your pooch should wear boots or a sweater. No, dog clothing isn’t just for foo-foo pets. It serves a purpose in cold weather. You wouldn’t want your bare feet touching the freezing-cold pavement -- neither does your dog.

Don’t Have a Dog?

If you don’t have a dog, don’t worry, you can still take part in the “canine exercise program.” Volunteer to walk your friend’s or relative’s dog. Check with busy neighbors too. They will certainly appreciate your generosity, and you will be getting fit while doing a good deed.

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