We all know how important it is to get exercise, but sometimes it is hard to get motivated. In the past, I have had various successes with different methods of exercise, but the one that has stuck is walking my dog. I know it seems simple, but having a dog requires you to maintain a daily routine whether it is walking or running with your dog. I have never been a runner, but have always enjoyed long walks and hikes. Actually, one of the main reasons that I got a dog was so I would have company (and look less strange talking to myself) on these walks.
From day one, Max and I have taken daily (sometimes twice) walks. We slowly built up to 3-5 miles per day. Great exercise and the perfect company – Max rarely talks back to me and just listens. We both enjoy exploring different venues and seeing new sights. I like to vary our walks both for the length and different scenery. I know Max likes to go different places with all the new smells and creatures to chase. Max and I recently moved from Southern California back to the Midwest. I was worried that our daily hikes would be less interesting due to this move, but we have discovered many great metro parks in our new town. These metro parks have just as much variety as our old hikes in Southern California although we do miss the beach!
For you runners, I ran across this great chart that shows the best dog breeds to run with and how many calories you can burn: https://www.lovejoyspetfood.co.uk/best-dogs-to-run-with/ . It also includes some helpful hints about running with your dog. For those you who prefer group exercise classes, I recommend you try out some of the great new classes that you can do with your dog. I have been fortunate to meet a fitness instructor when I lived in California who exclusively runs exercise groups including walks and runs with your dog: https://www.leashyourfitness.com/. What a great concept that is getting more popular. Check out your local area for options like this, I’ll bet you will be surprised how many options there are.
Whatever your exercise preference is, just get out there and don’t forget your dog!