Exercise with Your Dog

Exercise with You DogNeed motivation to keep up your exercise program? No need to hire a personal trainer or pay for a boot camp. You don’t have to look any further than your dog.

A new survey in the British paper, The Daily Mail, found that people who have dogs tend to get more exercise than the average gym member.

According to the survey of 5,000 Britons, dog people walk their pets, on average, twice a day for 24 minutes each walk. (And at least, three times a week, the walks are even longer.) Those of us who walk our dogs regularly know that our dogs need this much exercise to work off energy, relieve themselves or just get a change of scenery.

When you add up the hours, you have dog walkers getting around six to eight hours of exercise per week! On the other hand, those without a dog spend just one hour and 20 minutes a week on average on regular exercising like  going to the gym or going out for a jog or stroll.

Dog Owners Don’t Slack On Exercise

The  study found that 60 percent of dog owner made the time to walk their pooches while nearly half of gym-goers admitted to finding other things to do instead of going to the gym.

So if you do a good job walking your dog regular, pat yourself on the back for the additional benefit of maintaining your weight, improving your heart, etc for you AND your dog. If you aren’t walking your dog this much, consider getting out there more. It is so good for both of you.