Many dogs love the fun of running up and down stairs, so this can be a great workout for both of you. Watching your dog bound up the stairs ahead of you will push you to run faster and harder. Keep in mind, though, that this may be difficult for older dogs or dogs with hip issues; be sure to check with your vet first if you have any concerns.
OK, so it’s more chase the ball than soccer, but using a large ball means you can perfects your tricks too. If you are playing with a dog, choose a ball that is large enough that he can't get his jaws fully around it, which can lead to punctures in the ball. Cats can get in on the action too. When choosing a ball for your cat, pick one with a firm exterior that will not snag on her claws. Kick the ball around, or play keep-away. You'll be having so much fun together that you won't even realise you're getting your heart rate up.
Fetch is a great workout for your pooch, but it can be a workout for you as well, with a few adjustments. Instead of just standing and waiting for Rover to bring the ball back, run in place or do a few push-ups. Each time you throw the ball, perform a different exercise. Your pup will have a great time chasing the ball, and you'll squeeze in more extra reps than you realise.
This last exercise was recently contributed to be featured in Bupa Pet Insurance’s article, 'Tips for Getting Fit with Your Pet'. We were happy to contribute to the article as proud pet owners ourselves. Members of our gym will frequently work out with our pups by taking them for a walk for us; both our clients and dogs love this! Check out which other leading personal trainers and fitness experts have great fitness advice for you and your pet.
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