6 ways to keep you and your pet healthy and active

Published 11:18 am Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Health & Fitness by Kathy Johnson

There are so many ways to keep your pet healthy with regular exercise. Keeping it fun is not only good for him but good for you, too! Here, a few simple ways to make working out with your pet easy and fun.

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1. Run, jog or walk with your dog.

Whether it be running, walking or jogging, you will get a great workout with your four-legged friend. This is also a wonderful way to create a strong bond with your pet while you both get a great workout. The distance you choose to go will depend on the size and breed of dog you have. Listen to your pet’s body language on how far and fast they can go. I have run with several golden retrievers, and each one is different on the amount they want to run.


2. Go swimming. 

A lot of dogs LOVE to swim, so why not join them in the water? Bring your furry friend to a lake or beach that allows pets and let them play in the water. Play fetch in the water with a tennis ball. They will love the fresh air and the cool water, especially in the summer heat.


3. Cycling. 

Biking is perfect for dogs with a lot of energy. You can bike while your furry friend gets a great run in.


4. Rollerblading. 

As long as you’re comfortable with inline skating, bring your dog along for a run. You will have one happy dog and get a lot of exercise for both of you.


5. Active fetch or frisbee. 

You throw the ball and your puppy goes after it. You don’t have to just stand there. Keep moving too! Some options would be jumping jacks, lunges or

squats — anything to keep you moving and working all those muscles. Both of you will stay active this way.


6. Snowshoeing or cross country skiing. 

Winter is right around the corner. Remember all the fun activities that can keep you and your pet active and healthy. Cross country skiing is a fun way to work out with your furry friend. Check out the local state parks for some amazing trails for you and your dog to go on.

These are just a few ideas to stay active with your pet. Get creative in ways you can stay active while bonding with your furry friend. It will be wonderful for both of you.

Don’t have a pet? Volunteer at a local shelter and see if you can take one of the dogs for a walk. It would be a win-win situation: You help make a dog’s day and you both get a great workout.

Whatever way you choose to be active and bond with your best friend, make sure you have fun with it!

Kathy Johnson is the creative director for Albert Lea magazine and the Albert Lea Tribune. During her spare time she is a  group fitness instructor at the Albert Lea Family Y.