Five Ways Your Dog Can Help Your Fitness
Posted on January 10 2020
Okay, so this is it, you can no longer cope with your appearance and you have made a decision to lose those extra pounds. Well, if you have a dog, you’re in luck! It’s scientifically proven that people who own a dog are more likely to be successful at losing weight than the ones who don’t!
So, if you have a dog or have access to a dog, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our 5 helpful tips you can use to burn those extra calories:
Walk, walk, walk
Dogs need walking and a dog cannot walk itself, right? So, I’m afraid this is your job, use your dog as an excuse to trick your brain into thinking a dog needs at least 3 walks a day at around 30 minutes. If you can do this, you will be getting 1.5 hours of walking activity in every day.
On average, a human will burn 400 calories for 1.5 hours of walking, that’s 2,800 calories a week and 145,600 calories a year! That equates to 728 chocolate bars a year!!! But our advice is to do the walking and not eat the chocolate bars…
According to the Michelin State University, dog owners are 34% more likely to find 150 minutes of walking in per week than those who do not own a dog.
Also, most dogs will benefit from 30mins to 2 hours of dog walking a day, if they benefit so will you! You can also use your dog as a great excuse to get outside and explore places you haven’t been to, the beach, a mountain, a walk along a river or even a wonderful new city.
Just google the dog friendly places and have fun!
Alright Usain Bolt
If you have nailed the walking part, try increasing your walking speed slightly.
Missouri University found that walking a dog leads to 28% increase in walking speed compared to only a 4% increase when you’re on a walk with a human buddy.
So, ditch your mate for a doggy…okay don’t ditch your mate but do make sure they have a doggy!
Who eats the leftovers?
Leaving food on your plate is a crime, right?
Throwing it in the bin is very challenging and I guess the only other option is to eat it all… well this is where your dog might come in.
Giving your dog leftovers is okay but please make sure you have researched into this, ensure the food you are giving them is safe, not covered in oils and is safe for their digestive system.
If you’re unsure, save your dog, save yourself and let the food bin have a tasty treat!
Rough & Tumble play time
Have you heard of N.E.A.T? This stands for non-exercise activity thermogenesis, basically in simple terms it’s all the little movements you do on a daily basis outside of exercising.
N.E.A.T can be the help you need to burn those extra calories.
Throw that ball, lift that heavy water bowl, play tug of war, roll around on the floor at play time and let your doggy outside for a toilet stop.
All of these little movements add up!
They are the best alarm clock
And why does this help with my fitness goals you ask?
Well the earlier you get up the more time in the day you will be active (unless you take a lot of naps) and the more time you can spend on walking/ running etc.
Our advice get an early night, so you get your 8 hours in and let your fluffy friend wake you up early for that fresh air morning walk!
So that’s it, our five ways to help you lose those extra pounds and keep you fit and healthy. These are all physical but keeping fit with your dog can help your mental health massively too, keep an eye out on our blog about how dogs can help your mental health.
Let us know if this has helped you in anyway or if you have any tips, we would love to hear them.
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