HEALTHY LIVING: 5 things to know about working out with your pet

HEALTHY LIVING: 5 things to know about working out with your pet

Exercising with a partner is always more fun, especially when that partner is your pet. 

Working out with animals has become increasingly popular as is evident by animal farm-style fitness classes and new products that make taking your pet along with you on fitness excursions simple.

Each pet has their own unique needs that should be addressed before devising a regular exercise schedule. Here are some general tips to get the ball rolling, so to speak.

1. Intensity

Depending on your pet species, breed, and development their activity level needs will vary. 

Generally, cats live a life of leisure reserving their movement for leaps on ledges and crawling into tight dark spaces.

But cats benefit from regular exercise just as much as dogs. Engaging in regular play is good for the health and socialization of cats.

Smaller dogs don’t need as much exercise as bigger dogs, and experts recommend that puppies get a few short periods of exercise per day as opposed to a lengthier single session.

2. What you’ll need

Playing with pets requires minimal equipment as running around your yard with your dog or cat is simple with the right pair of sneakers. However, there is certainly no shortage of eye-catching toys that you can entice your pet with. 

Tug-of-war ropes, bones, and Frisbees are among the most popular toys for dogs that allow you to be interactive with them.

Cats enjoy using small balls with bells inside, strings, and plush toys in addition to climbing about cat towers.

Harnesses and leashes are fairly standard for dog walking. But cat harnesses also make it easy to walk your feline friend outdoors.

Get your pet used to wearing a harness and being on a leash indoors before embarking on any outdoor adventures. 

Always leave the house with bags for pet clean-up, extra water, and a spare bowl.

3. Workouts to try

Your pet’s physical activity and your own do not have to be mutually exclusive.

Running, walking, swimming, and hiking are all great joint exercise excursions with your pet.

Consider having your fur friend accompany you to a pet-friendly workout class.

Simply working out in your pet’s presence can boost relaxation and enjoyment. 

Be sure that you take small steps when acclimating your pet to a new variety of physical activity and be weary of cues that they might not be ready to step outside of their comfort zones with a particular form of exercise.

4. Rewards

Give your pet positive reinforcement after a workout.

Remember that rewards don’t always have to be in the form of food. Belly rubs, head pats, and tail scratches are a great way to physically bond with your pet post exercise.

Treats should be given in a controlled manner and never in excess.

Make sure that both the activity you choose and the reward you give after a workout align with your pet’s lifestyle needs.

5. Why it’s important 

There are many health benefits associated with regular exercise in humans that are touted by doctors and fitness professionals. Our pets also reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Make sure to consult your doctor and your pet’s veterinarian before trying a new exercise regime with your pet.



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