Are you out of shape? Do you wish you could lose a few pounds? Or do you just know you should be doing some kind of exercise, but can’t seem to find the motivation to even start moving? And a personal trainer to show you the way is not in the budget. Well don’t despair because if you have a dog, you have the solution! That’s right, your dog can be your personal trainer and you will get in shape if you follow this proven method for about 20 minutes a day, 5 or 6 days a week. It’s a win-win set up. Your dog will love you and you will love you.
Step 1: Making a commitment to your dog. That’s right. Promise your dog that every morning – except Sundays – you’re going to take him/her for at least a 15-minute, fast-paced walk. Say it out loud, face to snout. The dog has to hear and believe you because that wonderful dog you love so much is going to be at your bedside every morning (except Sundays) telling you it’s time.
Step 2: Taking the actual walk. It’s important to walk at about the same time every day. This conditions your dog/personal trainer to keep you to your promise. Before starting to walk in earnest, take a moment to stretch, while at the same time allowing your dog to pee. After that the walk should be brisk, fast enough to get your heart rate up. To do this you need to keep the dog close and on a short leash because there’s no slowing down or stopping to sniff. You should be able to cover 6-8 blocks in about 15 minutes. If this seems like to quick a pace, don’t worry; take it slower to begin with.
Step 3: Doing 5 minutes of indoor exercises. When you get back from the walk be sure you both drink water, then it’s time for 5 minutes of exercise to be done in front of your dog.
- Begin with a set of push-ups for your upper body. Dogs love watching you do push ups. Do them slowly. Do as many as you can. And talk to your dog while doing them. You know what to say.
- After push-ups do 10 to 20 squats for your lower body. Count out loud for your dog’s amusement and education.
- Then it’s time for some form of ab work for your stomach area. You can do sit- ups or crunches or simply lie on your back and raise your legs up a few inches or more and hold them there for as long as you can take it. Pet your dog while doing this. It will distract you from the strain you’re feeling, helping you hold your pose longer for even greater results.
You’re burning fat, building endurance, getting stronger and bonding with your dog at the same time. What could be better?
Step 4: If you have the time and energy repeat the exercises.
If you follow this simple routine 6 days a week, you will feel and see a difference in both your physical and mental health. You and your dog will be the happier for it.