7 Activities to do with your Dog to Stay Active

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7 Activities to do with your Dog to Stay Active

Wish you could stay active with your pet?

It’s the New Year, and I bet you created a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, eat better, and get more active. Staying active doesn’t have to be difficult! It can actually be a lot of fun.

Therefore, let’s talk about seven activities that you can do with your dog to stay active so that you can stick to your New Year’s resolution. A little fun fact, did you know that only 8% of people complete their New Year’s resolutions? In fact, after three weeks, most give up because change is hard, and they weren’t mentally prepared to crush their goals.

Don’t believe me?

Take a look at an article in the Huffington Post called New Year’s Resolutions Are Bound To Fail. Try This Instead.

Furthermore, aside from the obvious reasons that exercising overall has on your health, there are ten reasons you should consider exercising with your pet and making the necessary changes for your health.

Ten benefits of exercising with your dog:

  1. They will motive and inspire you to keep going.
  2. They’ll enjoy their time with you.
  3. Your pet will never cancel on you and are always available.
  4. They’ll never complain to you or talk back to you.
  5. It’ll relax you.
  6. It’ll be fun.
  7. You’ll get to breathe fresh air and enjoy the sun.
  8. It won’t feel like exercise.
  9. It’ll help you be calmer, more mindful, and present in your life.
  10. It’s free!

Alright, so now that I convinced you that you don’t want to be in the 92% of people who fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions, let’s dive into seven ways to stay active with your dog so that you both can live a long healthy life together and reap the benefits.

Seven Activities to Stay Active:

  1. Play fetch
  2. Play soccer
  3. Run sprints
  4. Do stand-up paddle boarding
  5. Try cycling
  6. Go kayaking
  7. Give hiking a try

Additionally, each of these activities not only will get you in shape but also your dog. They’ll work a variety of your muscles to help you burn fat, increase your muscle and energy.

Also, you’ll experience an increase in confidence, an improved outlook, and a shift in your mindset all thanks in part to sticking it out with your furry friend and being committed to your goals.

As you can see, overall exercising with your pet has an abundance of benefits for both you and your dog. The first step to creating any change in your life is to decide. Once you decide to change, you can implement the changes.

Remember slow, and steady wins the race. It’s not a sprint. Don’t go guns blazing thinking you need to do everything today at 100 mph. Take your time, get into a routine, and enjoy the moment. Transformation and change don’t happen overnight. It takes consistent inspired action to see the result come to fruition.

Share in the comments: What’s your favorite way to exercise with your pet?

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  1. Kevin

    Hiking and fetch (with a frisbee) are our go-tos. We have also gone snowshoeing with the dogs a few times which was a blast.

    I’d love to try kayaking!

    • Maureen McCarthy

      Great ideas Kevin!! Thank you for sharing


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