Here’s a mini leg workout you can do with your dog!!
Change up your “casual walk” and save some time by combining the time you walk your dog and the time you workout.
There’s no more excuses about not having enough time.
Start with a 5-10 minute walk or light jog to warm up your muscles. Remember to try and keep your dog from pulling and on one side, to prevent injury. Enforcing good habits now, will lead to good manners later. Once you feel warmed up enough spend 2-5 minutes stretching your leg muscles, like your calves, hamstrings, and quads.
Now that you’re all warmed up, we can start the workout. (remember if anything starts to feel uncomfortable please go back to walking and talk with your doctor).
Circuit 1 consists of:
- Side Squats Left
- Side Squats Right
- Shuffles Left
- Shuffles Right
Do your side squats for about 10yds. on each side. The lower you go, the more you’ll feel it. Keep your back in line with your neck.
The shuffles are your cardio! Shuffle for about 20 yds. on each side. Try to keep your dog from pulling!
Did you know that implementing dog training techniques provides mental stimulation for your dog?
Not only will your dog get to exercise with you physically, but they will be mentally tired too. So really try to focus on having a well behaved doggie! You may need additional dog training classes before you start exercising with your dog. Once your dog is well behaved you can start focusing on your exercise form. I know it sounds like a lot, but really it’s only a lot of work at the beginning to build your foundation. Besides once you learn all this stuff, not only will you be a pro, but when you leave the house you’ll feel better, look better, and maybe your dog will be so busy sleepy, you won’t get such an evil eye for leaving them at home without you.
- Squat & Pet
- Leg Raises Left
- Leg Raises Right
4 sets of 10
First have your dog sit, then do your squats. Each time you squat give your dog a pet.
Have your dog either sit or lay down. Find something to balance on if you need support.
Raise one leg out to the side as high as you can while keeping your back straight.
Keeping the leg your standing on slightly bent. Do the same amount on each side.
That wasn’t so bad right?
Guess what? You’re not done. Almost though. Just have to remember to cool down and stretch out those muscles. Stretching is often over looked, but is so important to cool down your body and to prevent injury.
Spend 2-5 minutes stretching.
You can either stretch while you’re walking or you can find a place to relax and have a seat and stretch. Either way you stretch, you dog won’t mind as long as they were able to spend some quality time with you. So make sure to give them a hug for a job well done and for being your workout partner for today!