Working out on your own can be a bit boring at times especially when you’re just exercising at home. But if you want to make your exercise routine more challenging but enjoyable, why not let your pet pooch join in the fun?
This way, you’ll both be looking good and healthy plus you’ll have more time to bond with one another.
Hide and Seek Squat. Stand before your dog with feet about hip-width apart and your hand holding a treat while showing it to your dog. Push back your hips while bending your knees to go into a squat while at the same time, pass the treat under your knee while your other hand gets it. Stand up quickly to complete one rep. Continue alternating sides as you do 10 reps.
Walking. This is probably the easiest workout that you can do with your dog. Walking is a low-impact exercise that is not only good for your heart but for your dog’s as well. Take a walk around the block a few times every night to get your heart pumping.
Puppy Pop Up Jack. Crouch down in front of your puppy with your hands holding a treat or a toy. Push down on your feet to jump up quickly with your feet jacked. Your hands should be extended overhead with the toy in your right hand. Go back to your first position where you transfer to the toy to your other hand and jump right back up. Repeat this 10 times.
Fetch. Here’s another exercise that you two can play in your yard. Throwing the stick or ball as far as you can manage works out your upper arms. If you want a total body workout, throw the toy then run to the opposite direction. Your pooch will definitely have a fun time chasing the toy and you while you’re getting a nice workout yourself.
Roll Over Extension. If you’re trying to teach your dog to roll over, this exercise is definitely worth a try. Lie down on your stomach with your feet raised behind you and your hands holding a toy in front of your dog. Roll onto your right shoulder as you turn your stomach over with your legs extended and feet off the floor. Your elbows should be pressed on the floor while you raise your chest from the ground. Go back to your first position by rolling on your left shoulder. Repeat the steps five times before rolling in the opposite direction.
Running. If you want to get your heart rate up, going out for a run with your dog is worth it. Once your dog becomes used to this daily habit of yours, he will be the one to nudge you out of your chair to go and get that much needed workout of yours.
As you can see, exercising doesn’t have to be boring especially when you’re working out at home. Your pet dog can actually be a good exercise buddy if you have a mind to let him join in the fun.