With Crufts 2019 just around the corner we thought it would be good to have a look at how walking your four-legged friend can help you to maintain an active lifestyle.
Your daily walk can become a great routine time for exercise for you, your dog, and anyone else you invite along – but it does require you to think a little bit about not just throwing a ball, but moving too.
- Create a walking schedule. Plan to walk at least 30 minutes each day. This might include a mix of activities, but 20-30 minutes with the dog will be a great start!
- If dog walking is “scheduled” into each day, you’ll feel more responsible for sticking to it. Plus, your dog will remind you when “it’s time!” and be a great motivation to keep you on track
- Track your progress. Use Pactive to track your steps and to challenges friends and family to match your achievements.
- Rather than using a calendar on the fridge or notice board, your Pact will send you notifications to make sure you keep up with your goals.
So, grab the leash, don’t forget the pup, and go for a walk—today and every day! Dog walking is a great way to jumpstart an active lifestyle.
Maintain a pace
Find pace that you’re comfortable with, whether running or walking, and try to maintain it for at least 20 minutes. You should begin to feel the heat and your heart pumping. Remember, sweating is good!
Take the harder route
Terrain and pace is more important in outdoor exercise than distance. Try to incorporate hill climbs into your route, no matter how small. They act as small intensive bursts of exercise much like a HIIT workout.
Skip… yes, really!
Why not do some skipping whilst outdoors. It’s a super way to build some moderate exercise into your day and all your need to take with you is a compact skipping rope, and you can make any time waiting for your dog more worthwhile.
Make the most of your surroundings
Use a park bench for stretching or doing some push ups? Simply by placing your hands shoulder-width apart on a tree or park bench, facing it. Keeping your spine straight and elbows close to your body, if you bend your elbows you can perform a push-up.
Add some weight
Why not put some weight into a backpack or invest in some ankle and wrist weights to add some resistance to your walk. You’ll feel amazing once you move without them.