Four-Legged Fitness - How You and Your Dog can Slim Down Together

Woman Running with Dog

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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 get a greaet workout.
  4. 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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