No. 3 Fun Ways to Stay Fit With Fido

If you are a dog owner who needs more of a workout than walking can provide, here are a few ideas:

Jogging or running (With your dog of course)

Biking (With your dog by your side)

Hiking (With your dog)

Doga, (i.e. Yoga for Dogs)

Agility training (obstacle course-based dog sport)

Need a little motivation in the exercise department? Your dog can act as the perfect personal trainer, only because most of them need to be walked several times a day. According to studies like those conducted by the Wellness Institute at Northwest Memorial Hospital, as long as you’re the one holding the leash, you’ll claim the rewards, which can include losing — or at least maintaining — weight. Research conducted by the National Institute of Health also supports this claim — including one study of more than 2,000 adults, which found that dog owners responsible for walking their pups are less likely to be obese than dog owners who pass the duty off to someone else or those who don’t own dogs at all.

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