Lose weight with your dog?
Sure! Maybe your dog could stand to lose a few pounds too–after all, there are a lot of obese dogs in our world–or maybe you are the only one who needs it. In any case, dogs love to have fun with you. Going out for walks together is a great exercise. Dogs are very much creatures of habit, and once they get they idea that you will be taking them out at a certain time of day, they will gaze longingly at you and motivate you to get out there and exercise. If they are like our dogs, they may even follow you from room to room!
Walking isn’t the only thing you might do with your dogs. Throwing a ball will exercise the dog more than it will burn your calories, but if you have one of the breeds–like a Border Collie–the dog will need a lot of exercise! You could set up a little agility course. If your dog is smaller, you could exercise indoors to music while doing something with the dog too, like rolling a ball for the dog to chase.
Here’s a bit from a good article at the New York Times.
“Several studies now show that dogs can be powerful motivators to get people moving. Not only are dog owners more likely to take regular walks, but new research shows that dog walkers are more active over all than people who don’t have dogs.
One study even found that older people are more likely to take regular walks if the walking companion is canine rather than human.
“You need to walk, and so does your dog,” said Rebecca A. Johnson, director of the human-animal interaction research center at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. “It’s good for both ends of the leash.”
A Book on How to Lose Weight with Your Dog
With obesity increasing, over 2/3 of Americans and about half of all dogs are overweight or obese. This book is written to help dog lovers of all ages to get fit with their dogs. It’s written by a veterinarian and a nurse who is a researcher and is full of ideas to help you and your dog lose weight.
Don’t have a dog? Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound: How You and Your Dog Can Lose Weight, Stay Fit, and Have Fun Together also touches on how to adopt a dog from a shelter.