There are countless benefits of exercising with your pet! If you’re a dog owner, you’ve hit the jackpot when it comes to staying active. And even if you’re not, you can borrow a pup (and get paid!) via Rover.com, as a dog sitter or dog walker.
How many times have you worked out and had your mind on something else?
Dogs are truly present wherever they are, whatever they’re doing. They have a lot to teach us about opening up to the wonder of life. That’s probably why dog owners live happier, longer lives.
Working out with a dog will put a pep in your step, and give you something to truly look forward to.
Stick With It
When your dog picks up her leash and walks to the door, it’s a great motivator to get yourself out the door…even when you’d rather sit around watching Netflix. Knowing that your four-legged friend is depending on the exercise makes it easier than ever to get outdoors.
Ever try explaining the concept of a treadmill to a dog? He simply wouldn’t get the idea of running in place. Why wouldn’t he venture into the great outdoors?
Working out with a dog will help you get outside more often, and pay attention to everything you see and hear. The deep sense of peace that you’ll feel has the potential to be life-changing.
Build a Bond
Finding time to play with your dog, go for a run, or take a long hike will bring you closer than ever before. Dogs love adventure, and there’s no better way to forge a connection with your pet than to spend time exercising. For your dog, it’s not about the calories burned or muscles toned: It’s a chance to spend time with you and have fun. Even if the pup is borrowed, building a bond will always be valuable!
Change Your Life
Instead of a sedentary life with bits of exercise here and there, your active lifestyle will change the way you think. You’ll be more playful, connected, and comfortable with your body. Your dog’s not judging you for whether you’re “good enough” or some other external measure of self-worth: She loves you for you, and wants to spend time with you because you’re great. It’s hard to spend time doubting yourself with puppy-love eyes pointed in your direction!
You didn’t know all that could happen just from working out, did you? You’ll learn all that and more when you start working out with a pup in tow!
Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.