There is no better way to ensure you get a good workout than taking your dog along with you. In fact, research shows that dog owners are more likely to exercise regularly and to be more fit than their peers who do not own a dog. A study from Michigan State University reports that dog owners are 34 percent more likely to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week than those without dogs. So, if you’re looking for a way to get motivated you may want to head out and look for a new furry best friend and check out these top ways to ensure you get the best workout with your new companion.
1. Go off Trail
Walking your dog doesn’t mean you have to just casually stroll around the block. Dogs love adventure so take them out hiking or let them tag along with you for a bike ride. You can even try in-line skating or swimming. There are also dog-friendly boot-camps you can try, which include cardio circuits such as sprinting, pushups and lunges.