We all know that dogs make awesome companions. They are outstanding listeners, are excited when we get home, and rarely ever talk back! As far as an exercise buddy they rate at the very top. They don’t have the excuses that human workout buddies come up with from time to time. Here are some fun dog exercises to get you and your dog moving together.
Try these fun Dog Exercises:
Establish a Walking Schedule
Shoot for at least 30 minutes total of walking your dog each day. Break it up into smaller sessions if you need to. 10 minutes before work and 20 minutes when you get home from work. Your dog will be okay if you go longer and you will too! If you schedule a dog walk in each day you will feel more responsible to keep with it. Your dog will also be in the groove and will expect the exercise.
Fetching Ab Twist
Have your dog sit and stay. Grab one of their favorite toys. Sit on the ground and get into a crunch position. Crunch up and throw the toy. While your pup is fetching, you rotate your torso to the right and left working your oblique muscles. Repeat 10 times.
High Five Squats
If you can pick up your dog do it and use them as additional weight and do squats while holding them. If they are too big have them sit in front of you. While you squat, high five your pup! If they haven’t learned the high five yet, give them a pat on the head. Do 3 sets of 10 squats.
Race Your Dog
Set up a start and finish line in your backyard. Ready, set, go! You can also do a fast walk. Use a leash if your dog needs extra practice.
Dogs do this yoga pose naturally as a stretch. Work it into your routine.
Dog exercises benefit both your dog and YOU
Exercise has many benefits for both dogs and humans. Regular cardiovascular exercise helps us:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Manage stress
- Sleep better
- Increases our energy levels
For more exercises for you and your dog visit us in the fitness center. You can also join us for our annual “Dog Days” event at the club! Members and Guests can bring their dog and join us for a fun social. Your dog can even take a dip in the outdoor pool!
Written by Susie Montross, Certified Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-Brookfield
Susie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education as well as her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction degree from Portland State University. She also has many other qualifications including: American Council of Exercise (ACE), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), TRX, Power Pilates-Mat I, Spin, & Kettleworx.
Susie has been with Elite Sports Clubs since 2012 and enjoys many activities including running, soccer, basketball, cross country skiing, hiking, weight training, spinning, golf, reading, and attending sporting events. She specializes in TRX, Sculpt, Strength and Core Training, Short and Long distance running, Pilates and Functional Training.
This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.