How important is movement in your life? Did you know that over 30% of all adults in the US are classified as sedentary? Being sedentary is strongly correlated with heart disease, the leading cause of death in the US and the world. Finding ways to incorporate movement into your life will improve your mood, lower your blood pressure, help you lose weight, and increase your life expectancy. So, what do you think is holding you back from living a healthier life? For many, it’s a lack of motivation, and one of the answers to feeling more motivated may be right in front of you: dogs.
Dogs are energetic, loving animals and anyone that has had one knows that they love to play. This desire to play is often dependent on the owner’s willingness to take Spot out for fresh air. If it were the dogs’ choice, the entire day would be comprised of playing fetch in the park and chasing squirrels up a tree. Leading an active lifestyle doesn’t have involve running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym. Our furry friends provide the perfect opportunity for us to get out and live! Here are some great ideas for things to get you and your dog moving!
Go For a Run
Running is always more fun with company. Your dog won't care if it's rainy, snowy, windy, or early in the morning—they will be there to motivate you to get out and run in any condition.
Work on those core muscles and get out on the lake with a stand-up paddle board. Your furry friend fits perfectly on the nose of the board and is sure to love this new found sport.
Go For a Bike Ride
Hop on a bicycle and cruise around town with your loyal companion right beside you. This allows high-energy dogs to run to their hearts’ content as you pedal with little effort, enjoying your outdoor time.
Enjoy the Snow
Just because it’s winter time doesn’t mean our dogs or our bodies need any less exercise. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are simple ways to get off the beaten path and explore somewhere new in the snow. Don’t have any gear? It can be rented from almost any outdoor retailer at a fairly cheap rate. (We suggest heading up Mt. Hood!)
When playing fetch, it’s customary to throw the ball and watch your dog chase after it. Have you ever wondered if you could beat your dog to the prize? There is no rule in the game of fetch that says you can’t race your dog to the ball! Are you faster than your puppy?
Go For a Hike
Get out and hike a local trail with your energetic friend. No need to worry about traffic as you take in breathtaking views on a trail away from the city commotion. Who better is there to share those views with than your trusted companion?
Try the Great Inflatable Race
Don't have a furry friend to motivate you? The Great Inflatable Race is a great opportunity for you to get out with some friends, be active and have fun. You will forget you’re exercising as you cover the 3-mile course (course distances vary depending on location) with 10 giant inflatables for you to climb, slide, maneuver, and dive through. Unfortunately, your four-legged friends can’t participate, but it is ideal for people of all ages.