When I need some Monday motivation, I often look to my fit family for inspiration…but I have one supporter who rises above the rest. Someone who pushes me to get out and hit the bricks. To run just a little further and a little harder. Who’s with me all the way…
It’s Mahoney. My sweet, sweet dog. 🙂
I get so happy just looking at that face!
And the cool thing is, training (walking/running) is great for BOTH of us! Running with your dog has so many benefits. Check out some of the benefits for both of you below:
- Bonding! Running is how dogs bond, so running together helps you build a better relationship!
- Exercise! Exercise guidelines aren’t just for humans! Small dogs should get 15-20 minutes of exercise twice a day and large dogs need two sessions of 30-40 minutes each (via a HealthDay). Running burns different calories and works different muscles for you and your dog.
- Motivation! Studies show that working out with a partner increases your motivation (not to mention it increases the likelihood that you’ll actually go!) but finding a reliable partner who’s on your level can often be tough. Dogs are typically there to help get you going because they almost always have energy to expend! And they will not say no to a walk/run!
- Reduces anxiety! Know how you feel during/after a run? You may start the trek with your head full of issues, but somewhere along the way, the repeated foot-to-pavement motion calms you down. Sometimes you even figure out solutions! (sometimes) Well, this is often true for your dog too! They aren’t worried about paying bills and the future, but they do feel anxiety and stress.
- Weight loss! You may be working toward a goal weight, but you may not always think about your dog’s weight. Unfortunately, there are over 40% of dogs in the U.S. being reported as overweight or obese. Running/walking is a great way for your and your pup to keep pounds at healthy levels.
Are you looking to start a regimen with your pup? Make sure you start easy! Just like us, they can’t just run a marathon off the bat! AND, just like us, running isn’t for every dog breed. Do your research, look up your breed and do it right! The American Veterinary Medical Association and Men’s Fitness have a great articles to help!
And when you’re off the trail, don’t forget to keep your house safe for your pets! I recently found this informative “Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners” post! Check it out for your (and your furry friend’s) benefit!