Four-Legged Fitness - How You and Your Dog can Slim Down Together
Some 62 percent of American households included at least one pet as of 2012, statistics show. And among them, there's a lot of extra weight being carried around. In fact, upward of70 percent of Americans and 53 percent of dogs are overweight. If both your four-legged friend and you could stand to shed some extra pounds, Metabolic Research Center offers fourhelpful tips.
- Step up your daily walks: Rather than a quick jaunt across your yard, head out for a longer stroll around the block, down to the park, through the woods 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.
- Take up a dog-friendly health program: Gyms, yoga studios and walking and running clubs increasingly are offering classes or programs designed to give both you and your four-legged exercise buddy a workout.
- 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 get a greaet workout.
- Play more: Make more interactions with your pet exercise opportunities. Get off the couch and play a game of chase, Frisbee or tug-of-war. You'll both burn calories, 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 locate the center closest to your home or office.
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