There are so many great benefits to owning a dog. Sure, they’re excellent company and can be perfect cuddle buddies, but what about the other things that come with our new pet? It turns out that owning a dog can help you keep fit, too.
They’re an alarm clock
If there is one thing that many of us struggle with each day, it’s getting up and out of bed in the morning. Once we’re up, it can be easier to find the energy that we need to work out. Thankfully, dogs want to be up and active at the same time each day and don’t need a lay-in at the weekend. It can be tough to lay in bed all day and watch the weekend pass by when our dog keeps scratching at the door or jumping around the room. Dogs don’t come with a snooze button either, so the only way to keep them happy is by taking them out for a walk.
They don’t stop
Have you found yourself looking out the window and thinking that you’ll skip your daily walk or run because it’s raining? Say “goodbye” to those excuses because our dogs love to head out rain or shine! This can be a great way to bond with our dog as well as making sure that we both get up and active each day. Our dogs will thank us in the long run as they get to see something outside of the same four walls while we can sit back and relax, knowing we got out step count in for the day and helped to make our dog’s day a little brighter.
They build stamina
The more you and your dog head out for a walk, the further you will be able to go. That’s all thanks to the fact that you build your stamina each time you lace up your sneakers and grab the leash. As if that wasn’t enough, you and your dog should build stamina at the same pace, meaning you will both be ready to head out for a little longer at the same time rather than one of you getting pushed too far.
They continue to burn calories
It might feel like your walking along and having fun with your pooch, but you’re actually building a lot of strength in your muscles, improving your cardio system, and boosting your metabolism all at the same time. Thankfully, the benefits of heading out for a walk don’t end when you get back home. Your body will continue to burn calories for up to a few hours after you return, meaning that bonding time with your dog in the morning could have positive knock-on effects throughout the rest of the day.
Owning a dog comes with so many great benefits. Did you know they can help you keep fit in so many different ways, too? We knew that dogs were great, but we never realized they could get even better. Is there nothing our four-legged friends can’t do?