You need a workout. Your dog needs something better to do than eat your shoes. You love each other and depend on each other.
It's a match made in heaven.
There are tons of great reasons to work out with your pet this summer. Here are three of the biggest reasons (other than the undying love of your dog).
Picture this. You head to the gym. It's cramped, it's sweaty, and you're glancing at the clock every five minutes or so.
Or, you could take your dog for a run in the park.
Which one sounds more fun?
Playtime with your dog doesn't feel like a workout. It feels like your dog having a grand old time with their favorite person and you spending time with your favorite dog.
By the end of the hour, you're both worn out and ready for a bath, but you had way more fun than you would logging miles on an elliptical.
Even if you incorporate more traditional workouts into your doggie bonding time, there are still plenty of fun ways to workout with your pet.
Guess which one costs more: the gym membership you never use or a stroll around the park to find the best throwing stick?
It's easy algebra.
Your dog doesn't care where you go or what you play with. They love an empty water bottle or a muddy stick or your shoe just as much as a plush teddy bear.
Instead of spending money, you earn a profit when you work out with your dog. They repay you in love and slobbery kisses. Is there anything better than puppy love?
It's Social (and Adorable)
Honestly, your dog is the cutest workout partner.
They don't complain (except for the occasional whine from a tired pup who really doesn't want to walk anymore). They don't cancel on you either, unlike your flaky friend from work.
Better still, it gets your dog some much-needed social time that's essential for his health.
Socialization doesn't just keep your dog calm and well-behaved. Dogs and humans are social animals, and it's hard to overestimate the benefits of taking your dog for a spin around the block (for both of you).
It gives both of you some mental stimulation. You catch up on neighborhood news and the world outside your front door. Your dog can investigate all the new smells, get some attention from other humans, and play with other dogs.
Why Not Work Out With Your Pet?
A great workout with your pet is another way that you can be a responsible pet owner.
After all, your job is to keep your dog happy and healthy. Exercise is a critical component in that equation--for both of you. It's fun, it's refreshing, and it's a great way to breathe in some fresh air.
Your dog will thank you in cuddles and slobbery kisses, but really, do you need anything more than their happy face when you ask them if they want to go for a walk?
Disclaimer: This post is not intended to encourage treatment or diagnosis of any animal medical condition. For medical advice, contact your veterinarian.