Owning a pet is good for your health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), providing you with more opportunities to exercise and participate in outdoor actives. Regular walking or playing with pets can have positive effects on your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides.
For many of us, our dogs are our best friends. But according to a recent survey commissioned by Mars Petcare, they are our best fitness motivators, too. Helping your pet exercise can help get you in shape also. About two in five pet owners feel that making sure their pet is active has made them more active as well.
Walks and runs with your pooch are a great way to bond with your four-legged-friend-while both of you get fit. Fitness expert, Connie Bennett, who leads fitness walks at Rancho La Puerta destination spa, told us about the benefits of using a hands-free leash during long walks with the pup. Having your hands free will allow you to focus on your arm swing (to increase momentum) or to lift weights while you move. Check out the Cardio Canine System and The Buddy System.
But beneficial exercise with your dog doesn’t have to stop at walking or jogging. Have you heard of doga? Just like it sounds, doga or dog yoga, involves doing traditional yoga poses that engage your dog. Read more about it here.
What fun and exciting ways do you and your dog stay active?
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