Friday, 24 June 2016

Exercise with your dog

DogBuddy share some tips for exercising with your dog

Walking
Walking with your dog is one of the best ways to enjoy the summer sunshine and stretch your legs. It requires no special training, and is often all the exercise small dogs need.

If you don't have your own dog and are craving some canine company, sign up to dogbuddy.com to find local dog owners in your area who are looking for a trusted dog sitter.

dogs-590-3Tricep dips. Crunches. Walking

Jogging

There is no better way to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping than a short jog and with a little bit of training, dogs can make great running companions.

Start off slowly to build up both your own and your dog's fitness levels - before you know it you'll be racing each other out the door.

To take things up a notch, try interval training; quick sprints followed by a slow jog - keep up the repetition for the best workout.

Crunches
Work on your abs while you enjoy some quality time with your dog outside.

Make sure you reward your pooch with their favourite toy at the end of each 30 second set of crunches.

If you fancy a challenge, why not try a few other great ab exercises such as a plank or push ups, you'll be toning your core and your dog will be enjoying the fresh air.

Tricep Dips
Find a bench or wall in the local park and tone up your triceps.

This is the perfect exercise to do if you have a small dog, as adding extra resistance can help firm up those leg muscles too.

Be sure to check that your pooch is securely sat on your lap (and there are no tempting squirrels to chase in sight)!

dogs-590-2Sit ups

Arm and Leg Raises

Increase your core strength with these arms and leg raises.

When swapping arms, make sure you swap your dog's toy from hand to hand, to keep them on their paws.

Step Ups
Take time out from your run or walk for some step ups. You'll tighten up your lower half and it's a great way for Fido to burn off the biscuits too.

This is a really simple and easy exercise to do, whether it's in the park on a low wall, or up and down some street steps.

dogs-590-4Jogging. Step ups. Lunges. Hurdles

Lunges

Lunging is a great way to work out your quads. Why not do them as you walk or take a break to practice on a near by step or wall?

Some dogs will copy their owners - this is a great strength training exercise for their legs too.

If your park doesn't have a small wall to use, incorporate it as part of your walk and integrate a gentle jog with a few lunges as you go.

Hurdles
Hurdles – Great cardio and it makes your quads, hamstrings and glutes work extra hard.

This might be a little trickier to incorporate into your daily walk but keep your eyes peeled for low walls.


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