Everyone knows the benefits of exercising—feeling better, looking better, and better health. But what about running with your dog? Recent studies show that exercising with a partner increases motivation and makes you more likely to stick with it. Why not make your pup your exercise partner? Here are five reasons to go running with your dog this spring.
1. Dogs don’t complain.
In fact, dogs are generally more positive and motivating than humans. Your pooch isn’t worrying about how many calories he’s burnin—he’s just enjoying the fresh air. A canine companion’s relaxed approach to exercise can be infectious and make you more likely to hit the trails.
2. How can you resist that face?
When Fido’s begging for a walk, it’s hard to say no. Look at those big puppy eyes and that happy tail! Saying no would just be cruel. Indulge your pet and boost your own energy level by giving in. Your pet’s cuteness is a great motivator to go running with your dog.
3. It’s healthy. For both of you.
It’s recommended that small dogs get 15-20 minutes of exercise twice a day, while big dogs need two sessions of 30-40 minutes per day. Human exercise recommendations say you should get your heart pumping for at least 30 minutes every day. Why not go running with your dog? Grab some fresh air and stay healthy, all while making your pet happy—a win-win.
4. Share a sweat session and a bond.
There aren’t many activities that both humans and dogs enjoy (any pet parents down for a squirrel chase?), but running is among them. Spend time with your pet on the trail and with a post-workout snack, then catch a few Zzzs together for a true bonding experience.
5. Tucker your pup out!
If your pet is constantly begging for attention, running with your dog is a good way to wind down. Big dogs need twice daily exercise; a long run is the perfect excuse to tire your dog out. However, running with puppies is not recommended, as their bones are still growing and can be easily injured.