It is commonly known in the fitness industry that working out with friends helps you work out longer and more frequently. What is not as commonly known is that working out with your pet can also have an impact on the amount of energy you have to devote to exercise.
Nothing can snap you out of a lazy morning in bed quite like a wet nose in the face. Knowing that your pup is excited to go for a walk in the morning can get you up and going when your motivation is lagging. Your dog won’t understand your excuses, like ‘it’s too early’, or ‘it’s cold outside’. All they know is that it’s morning, and that means it’s time for a walk. Because you feel accountable for taking care of him, your excuses will melt away and you’ll just do it. Once you get going, you’ll likely find that you have more energy than you initially thought you did.
As you work out with your pet, you’ll often find that you’re having more fun exercising than you do by yourself. Because you’re enjoying yourself, you’ll be able to keep going for longer time periods, as you’re not thinking about whether you’re getting tired or not. You may even speed up as your dog excitedly pulls on his leash.
At Bee Active Personal Training, we aim to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to succeed in you fitness goals. Because of this, we were delighted to be included in a recent article by Bupa Pet Insurance on how to incorporate your pet into your fitness routine. Check out the article, ‘Tips for Getting Fit with Your Pet’, to find out some more great ways to incorporate your pet into your fitness regime.
As we say in the article, ‘A pet is an important motivator for children to move more as well. Rather than long distance running, short spurts involved in interval training or walking might be more suitable for children and smaller pups.’
Embarking on a fitness journey with your pet can help your family stick to it in the long run. As your dog grows accustomed to your new walking or running regimen, they’ll come to expect it and will hold you to your new program. Sign up for a dog-friendly 5 km walk or run in your area so you and your pooch will have something to look forward to and work towards. Signing up for a race can give you extra motivation to power through your workouts and really push yourself to improve. You’ll likely meet new friends for you and your pup, who could become your new running partners.
Bee Active Personal Training is all about having more energy throughout your day through improved physical fitness. Our experienced trainers would love to get you started on your fitness journey today.