Four Ways Fido Can Help You Lose Weight

Lady Running with Dog

Some 62 percent of American households included at least one pet as of 2012. Of them, 70 percent of Americans and 53 percent of dogs are overweight. If both your four-legged friend and you could stand to slim down, Metabolic Research Center offers fourhelpful tips.

  1. Rev up your daily walks: Your daily walks with your dog should last significantly longer that your pet's potty break. Instead, head out for a stroll around the block, down to the park or along the beach. Pick up the pace by switching your walk to steady job or a run on your way home. Or make it a group effort by meeting up with fellow pet-owners for a walk and talk and perhaps a stop at a pet-friendly café on the way home.
  2. Take up a dog-friendly health program: Many gyms, yoga studios and walking and running clubs offer classes or programs designed to give both you and your four-legged exercise buddy a workout.
  3. Build a backyard agility course: A varied surface lends a much more effective workout than does a flat surface. Turn your backyard into an outdoor gym of sorts by adding platforms, dirt hills, tunnels, jumping hoops and weave poles. Your dog will have a blast and you'll both benefit health-wise.
  4. Play more: Make more interactions with your pet potential calorie burners. Get off the couch and play a game of chase, Frisbee or tug-of-war. You'll both slim down, de-stress and have fun, too.

For more guidance developing a healthy nutrition and exercise plan, visit your nearest Metabolic Research Center today. Call 800-501-8090 to find the location closest to your home or office.


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