So as many of you know, I am NOT a fitness expert at all!!!! In fact, quite the opposite. But….. in an effort to try and stay on top of my semi forgotten New Years Resolutions , the pups and I are trying to get more active. For this post, we asked fitness expert to the stars Nadia Murdock to share some of her ideas on how we can get fit with Fido.
I am not a dog owner but I have always admired pet owners getting their dose of physical fitness side by side with their pooch. Dogs are man’s (and women’s) best friend and best friends workout together, right? According to US News “If you only use dog walking to get your exercise, make sure you do it at least five times a week for 30 minutes,” advised Jill Rubin, a physical therapist at Scott and White Healthcare in Round Rock, Texas.
Working out with your pet can be tons of fun but if you are new to working out with your dog you want to ease your way into suggested workout routines below.
Here are a few of my suggestions:
Run or Walk: This is the easiest way to break a sweat with your dog. You want to start out small with a few laps around the block and work your way up. It’s important to get in tune with your pooch before tackling adventurous trails or vigorous runs. Don’t be fooled you can still get a decent workout at a moderate to fast pace. Try using a fitness tracker to track your steps, your dog might be the perfect motivation.
Dog Friendly Boot Camp Classes: Go Fetch Run is a fun class for those that are looking to take their doggie workouts to the next level. During a typical workout session you can expect agility drills, core work, strength training and obstacle courses for both you your pooch! Many major cities offer classes similar to Go Fetch Run, it’s an excellent way to spice up your workout routine.
Tag Your It: Dogs are such playful animals making this workout perfect for getting some serious cardio activity logged in for both parties! If you would rather bench this activity for spring time, don’t worry warmer weather is just around the corner.
Hit the outdoors with your dog and simply chase each other it’s an perfect way to bond with your pet and boost your metabolism. Spice it up by setting goals for yourself, in an open space pick a goal where you want to run to, each time go a bit further to challenge yourself and your pooch!
Nadia Murdock is nationally recognized fitness coach, published author and regular on-air fitness expert as seen on E News, Fox, Today.com, Queen Latifah and Life & Style just to name a few. She is living proof that her “train your mind, change your body” method works. After changing her own life via her own weight loss journey to a healthier lifestyle she became dedicated to sharing that power with others through her company Nadia Murdock Fit. Nadia has a B.A. in Psychology and taps into the strength and power of the mind when advising others in achieving their fitness goals. She also enjoys all forms of fitness from Kickboxing to Zumba and never goes a day without breaking a sweat.