Having a dog is great for many reasons one of which is that they can motivate you to get up from the couch and go outside. Looking at it the wrong way, it can be annoying as hell but with the right attitude and mentality your daily walks can be part of your workout routine.
When we got Echo, he was only 4 months old. He was not potty trained so I had to walk him once in every hour. I did get frustrated a lot of times because I felt like I couldn’t get anything done. Just when I sat down and started working it was time to go again, or he started chewing on a shoe and I had to get up to pull it out of his mouth. I couldn’t wait for that stage to be over. But to be honest, I just had to realize that this is part of having a puppy and I just have to suck it up and make the best out of it.
Old and crappy attitude: I don’t have time to workout, I have to walk Echo…I don’t want to go workout, I just walked Echo…Awww, I don’t want to leave Echo alone, I can’t work out…
New and better attitude
Walking with your dog can be a perfectly good workout actually. With some creativity, it can be a pretty fun time. We come up with weird/funny workouts every time, so it is definitely new and not the usual boring routine that I have been doing for a million years. Invite some friends along, go with your husband, wife, significant other and have a fun time!
I love walking. Obviously, the nice weather is kind of key, but walking clears my mind, takes stress away, and it is an activity I could do for hours without even noticing it. And walking miles tires Echo out too and as we know a tired puppy is a happy puppy!
For a 130-pound person, walking at a moderate pace — such as walking the dog — burns 60 to 70 calories per half-hour or 120 to 140 calories per hour. For a 200-pound person, it burns 90 to 100 calories per half-hour or 180 to 200 calories per hour. -livestrong.com
2. Lunges and Squats
So easy to incorporate lunges and squats while your dog is sniffing around. Maybe just doing 3-5 lunges at a time but that will add up pretty fast. I used to shy away from doing this in the day light but then I got into a mood where I just didn’t care anymore and it feels pretty great. Our dog park is also a little hilly, so doing walking lunges while Echo fetches the ball is kind of a good workout.
3. Jogging and Chasing the Ball
Walking is fun and jogging is not so much. But I have been forcing myself to run more lately. Echo loves jogging next to me, his little legs are working so hard. We don’t need to go far for him to tire out. This might be a little different for people with a German Shepard…I am guessing. Also, chasing the ball can be a pretty fun game, I sometimes tire myself out before Echo gets tired.
4. Weight Lifting
Again, this might not be for you if you have a great dane, but I can pick up Echo and do squats with him or step ups on a bigger rock or bench. Or for example he loves being my plank buddy. #coachecho
Echo loves hiking…to be honest Echo loves everything but hiking is a fantastic leg workout and cardio too for us. A couple months ago we hiked a mountain in Arizona and it was only about 2 miles up but I was struggling big time. I thought I was in a good shape but had to stop multiple times. Plus with hiking comes beautiful scenery!!!!
- Going on longer walks or constantly discovering new areas can be so much fun! Be a tourist in your own city, get out from the usual and boring route and go see something else!
- Longer walks will tire your pup out and you will have a couple hours to be productive.
- You will have a better relationship with your dog and a stronger bond. They appreciate and feel the love. Again, a tired puppy is a happy puppy!
- Walking has a relaxing effect on me. When the weather is nice and there is no rush so we can just walk and look around is the best time. Look up to the sky and enjoy!
- It is a great way to meet people. People who walk their dogs are usually very social and when the pups meet and greet each other, you can exchange a couple nice words and smiles.
- Make sure when you are going on a longer walk, you will bring water for both the puppy and yourself. We got an awesome pop-up travel bowl for christmas two years ago and we use it all the time.
- Pooping bags!
- Only walk in safe areas, definitely don’t go by yourself on long walks at night.
- If you can, take a walking buddy with you! It is way more fun when someone else is there too!
DON’T FORGET TO REWARD YOURSELF AND YOUR LITTLE BUDDY AT THE END!
Echo and I love to stop for a coffee after some of our long walks. He always gets a little cup of whipped cream with doggie treats!