At a time of “staying home” and “social distancing” during Covid-19, many Americans are trying to find a sense of normalcy in their lives. In some states, such as California, non-essential businesses such as gyms remain closed. 

You don’t need to look far to find your workout buddy. That’ right, it’s your four-legged family member that can help bridge the workout gap. 

Before starting any of these fun suggestions, it’s always wise to get clearances from your doctor and veterinarian to double-check you are good to go if these activities are out of the workout norm. Additionally, whatever exercise you choose for you and your dog, keep a close eye on them for any signs of fatigue or overheating.  

Walk, Run And Walk Again

Walking is always the best exercise and great for both you and your dog. After a walking warm-up, bring up the cardio by jogging to something you see ahead of you, such as a street sign, home, or mailbox. Intertwining High-Intensity Training (HIT) is a great way to bring up the cardio, and you can control the levels that’s best for you and your dog. Following a HIT session, walk for another 5 to 10 minutes and repeat a HIT routine if you like.

When you’re done, don’t forget a 5 to 10 minute cool down for you and your dog. In fact, do this with all types of exercise regimens.

Step It Up

Climbing stairs can do a whole lot of good. According to health professionals, stair clinging increases our heart rate, which aids in weight loss and lowering high blood pressure. More so, it’s excellent for muscle tone and bone strength. If you and your dog aren’t stair climbers, take it slow and build up your endurance over time. 

Amp Up The Fetch Scene

Playing fetch just isn’t for your dog. Have your dog sit or lie down politely next to you and have them stay in that position when you toss the ball. Be it in mid-air or when the ball lands, give your dog the “free” command, and both of you can race to the ball and see who makes it first. 

Whatever exercise you choose, have fun doing it and try to enjoy the moment even during these trying times.