Pet-xercise – Cheers to your health!

January 18, 2016

So it’s the middle of winter and there seems no end in sight – the cold is here to stay. The holidays have passed, the visiting of friends and family are over and your routine-ridden lifestyle, well it’s time to kick that to the curb. It’s time to get back on track, for both you and your pet. Get off the couch and do something. Let your best friend motivate you to M-O-V-E. Here are three fun ways to help you both get active this New Year.

Get out and WALK!

It’s so easy to bail on your daily walks with your pet once the mercury drops, but the result may be a few extra pounds, gained by both you and your pet. Those small gains can mean huge health issues for your pooch and can be avoided by just taking a few extra steps each day. Boost your dog’s metabolism and yours by doing some interval training for 15-20 minutes each day.

  • 1 minute brisk walk
  • 30-second jog
  • 1 minute moderate walk
  • 20-second sprint
  • 1 minute brisk walk
  • 30-second side shuffle
  • 1 minute moderate walk
  • 30-second opposite side shuffle

Repeat this 4 times and you’ve got yourself a sweat-worthy workout that will give you both some happy endorphins.

Washboard Abs Anyone?

Tone your tummy by playing fetch with your dog. Grab one of your pet’s favourite toys, lie on the ground and when you come up to a sit-up position, pretend to throw your pooch’s toy across the room. Keep doing these sit-ups as many times as your dog allows before he catches on to your game. If you have a cat, use a flashlight to shoot light across the room in different directions each time you sit-up. Your furry friend will shoot across the room chasing the light and both you and your kitty will lose some extra bulge while enjoying some fun quality time together.

Squat like it’s hot

Firm up your glutes and thighs while giving your pet a chance to jump around. Grab one of your pet’s favourite toys and get your furry friend going. Start on your tiptoes with the toy held high in the air. As you come down into a squat, bring the toy near your feet. Your cat or dog will get some great exercise while jumping and you can keep repeating this until your derriere can’t take any more.

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