Working out with pets
Everyone knows a dog is a woman’s best friend, but did you know they can be your best workout partner too?
As well as loving a brisk walk, dogs enjoy playing games and this is where you can join in. Give walk time a new lease of life by finding new ways to keep your pet engaged (or simply tire them out quicker!)
Teach your pet to ‘kick’ a football with their nose so you can pass the ball to each other. Fetch can be a game you can play too – whilst waiting for them to fetch the ball, throw in some squats or lunges, or run on the spot until they get back.
You can play tug of war, throw a frisbee, or cycle alongside your dog instead of walking. You can even turn them into your running buddy and take them for a run! Canicross is cross-country running with dogs, where the dog is attached to your waist with a harness, and you run in a team! It’s a great way to keep you both fit and strengthen the bond between you and your pal.
Exercising with your pet doesn’t have to mean just dogs. Cats need playtime too – and because they love stalking their prey they love a game of hide and seek.