Need to Exercise More? Adopt a Dog!

Feeling like you’re out of shape? Need to up your fitness? You might want to consider adopting a dog.

It’s no surprise that dog owners tend to walk more. Gotta walk the dog, right? But are they actually more active? Are dog owners actually exercising more than other people, or are they just doing comparable amounts of exercise with a dog? Finally, there’s a study to help us figure it out.

Dog Owners are More Active

Researchers surveyed about 700 members of a community in Liverpool. All participants were local, to ensure that they all had similar access to sidewalks, parks and trails. The results? Dog owners walked significantly more those who didn’t have dogs. (No big shock there.)

Dog owners spent around 300 minutes walking per week, while non-owners only walked about 200 minutes. Since most exercise recommendations call for a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, dog owners seem to easily meet or exceed those recommendations just by taking care of fido.

A Young Woman Taking Pet Poodle Dog For Walk

Surprisingly, dog owners don’t just walk more with their canine pals. They tend to do more of other types of exercise too. They spend slightly more time jogging, biking and going to the gym than the average non-owner. So just because they spend a lot of time walking their dogs, that does not mean other forms of exercise in their lives have suffered. Dog owners seem to be more physically active all around.

Of course, owning a dog comes with numerous other health benefits, like an increase in heart health and a decrease in stress. But it is definitely a plus that having a dog makes you more likely to be active (beyond those canine walks) than people who do not.

Couple walking dog in park

Exercises to Try with Your Dog that Aren’t Walking

Already have a dog? Then you probably already know that sometimes walking gets, well, boring. If you’re sick of just walking your dog, there are loads of other fun activities you and your dog can do together (and both get adequately exercised). Here are a few suggestions.

Go rollerblading.

Time to roll with the pack, Cesar Millan style. Rollerblading can be a great way to tire out your dog while enjoying a little high speed action. While it may seem a little foreign, it’s easy to get your dog used to rollerblading if you introduce them slowly. All it takes is a little dedication and patience. Soon walks won’t be your only go-to option anymore.

Go biking.

This requires some training to ensure your safety as well as the dog’s, but it’s worth it. There are attachments you can get for your bike so that you are able to safely bike your dog on leash on local side roads (without fear of getting pulled off your bi-wheeled steed).

If your dog is really advanced and well behaved, you could even try mountain biking on the local trails. That’s sure to be a blast for both of you!

Jog on a beach.

Fresh air. Water. Uneven terrain. If you and your dog are already fairly fit, a run on the beach will take your workouts to the next level. It beats jogging around the block any day.

Take a dip in the local swimming hole.

Got a dog that loves water and is a strong swimmer? Fight off the summer heat with a dip in your local swimming hole. You can doggy paddle back and forth, maybe even play stick, while both enjoying the refreshing water.

What are your favorite activities to do with your dog? Share in the comments section below!

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46 comments

Leopold Marek
Leopold M4 days ago

Tyfs

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Leopold Marek
Leopold M4 days ago

Tyfs

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Peter B
Peter B7 days ago

Thank you

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Diane E
Diane E10 days ago

However, make sure you can care for a dog. Or you could always volunteer to be a dog walker for a charity shelter.

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Diane E
Diane E10 days ago

So glad the headline urged adoption of animals.Wherever you are, the animal shelters have a suitable pet for you. I don;t have a dog but my pets were all adopted in one way or another.

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Gabriel C
Gabriel C11 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Sharon R
Shaz R13 days ago

Thanks.

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hELEN hEARFIELD
hELEN hEARFIELD13 days ago

tyfs

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Michael F
Michael F13 days ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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Melanie S
Melanie S14 days ago

So true

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