Dotty-the-Dog and I head to the front door several times during the day (ie: Commercials on TV, between chores) and when she gets outside she either takes off down the drive or "bows" to me the way dogs do--Taking off means a brisk walk around our long driveway. "Bowing" means I 'have to fast jog! It's amazing how often she "bows". I get my 1/8 mile jog and so does Dotty! Several times a day!
No equipment necessary unless it's bad weather!
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Most shelters are happy if volunteers come and walk their dogs. If you are inexperienced with dogs they will pick the cutest most patient dog for you to walk with. Not only will you get exercise, but the dog might motivate you to jog part of the way or move at a quicker pace. He will love you for every step the two of you are exercising in the fresh and open nature!
It saves you money on the personal trainer/ motivator, will boost your mood and help some being that is loked up in a shelter without having done anything wrong.
When I got our dog from a shelter I knew she was a runner. Being an Australian Cattle Dog she needs to run. She and I have become running/jogging partners and it is so good for both of us! So my secret is....get a dog that needs a work out!
The dog has forced me outside instead of using the treadmill. It has helped my asthma, increased my strength and stamina and getting sunlight is good too.
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