Workout with man’s best friend

January 22, 2013

Securing the motivation to workout can be a tough hurdle to get over. However, when you have a loyal companion by your side that is excited about getting some exercise, burning calories can become a bit easier and more fun! That’s right: I’m talking about your dog.

These furry friends can be a great support system when it comes to getting physical. Karen Soltero, a 37-year-old photographer and writer, told Women’s Health magazine that it was her dog that got her up in the morning and on the road to shedding the pounds. Since working out with her pooch, she’s lost 10 pounds, finished two Olympic-distance triathlons and even broke the snooze button habit. Studies have confirmed that Soltero isn’t a solo case. Those who own canines are more likely to exercise regularly than those who aren’t dog owners. Here are a few ways you can incorporate your dog into your cardio routine:

This cardio exercise works virtually every muscle in the body, is easy on joints and improves endurance while strengthening the heart. Give your pup the same benefits of this workout by bringing him or her along! She Knows suggested playing fetch with you and your dog in the water to increase resistance and get your heart pumping a little faster.

Have your pet alongside you while you go for a run! (Let’s just hope he/she doesn’t spot a squirrel). Dogs are great running partners due to their natural athletic ability. And what dog doesn’t go crazy when they see their leash pulled out? If you’re into running longer races, there are dog 5K and 10Ks available for those animal lovers out there. But just like you, they need to be trained to run long distance races. It’s a great workout for you and your dog!

Play fetch ¦ both of you!
Instead of watching your dog chase after the ball, race him to it! These bursts of speed work as a great cardio workout and helps you burn calories fast. Director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, Rebecca Johnson, says that running backwards or completing a grapevine motion will really tone your muscles and give you a quality workout.

When you’re not getting active with your pup, consider jumping on home fitness equipment to burn even more calories and help you get on your way to better overall health. TRUE Fitness has a line of stationary bikes, home treadmills and ellipticals that work to give you a one-of-a-kind workout experience. With patented Heart Rate Control technology and orthopedically comfortable products, you’ll be getting a quality workout to help you reach your fitness goals.