As we all know, dogs make wonderful companions and are usually content to do whatever their owners are doing, from taking a ride in the car to lounging around on the sofa on a lazy Sunday afternoon. However, having a canine companion gives you a great excuse to get out and exercise! Whether that means taking a brisk walk around your neighborhood or running along a park trail, you and your dog can both benefit.
Of course, before you initiate your shared exercise regimen, visit your physician and take your pet to his veterinarian. Your doctors can make sure there are no underlying health concerns that might prevent either of you from exercising and even recommend exercises that are right for you and your pooch.
Besides getting in better cardiovascular and physical shape, walking or running with your dog can also help:
- Boost your mood
- Lower your blood pressure
- Strengthen your bond with your pet
- Keep you motivated to exercise regularly (Your dog will bug you to stick with your routine.)
What Your Dog Gets Out of the Deal
Running or walking with your dog isn’t just good for you, it’s also good for your dog. Exercising helps keep his heart, lungs, joints, and digestive and circulatory systems healthy, and it helps him control weight and expend energy. If you’ve ever noticed your dog racing extra fast around your house or yard (sometimes referred to as zooming), you’ve witnessed him trying to burn excess energy.