Working out is either a joy or a nightmare depending on whom you talk to. Regardless, we try to keep ourselves healthy and look for ways to make it better, like working out with a partner. FitRated surveyed over 1,000 people to find out more about men’s and women’s workout routines, including who makes the best workout partner. And dogs were one of the options to make the list. With help from FitRated’s full report, here are some reasons why you should work out with your dog:
1. Dogs take the loneliness out of working out
According to the survey, both men and women agree that there are benefits to working out with a partner versus working out alone. And interestingly, more women choose dogs as their workout partner than men (15.7% versus 13.3%). While it’s not stated why, we know that dogs provide a special type of companionship that others can’t compete with. And as “man’s (or woman’s) best friend,” our dogs are always there for us. So why wouldn’t they be there when working out?
2. Dogs are a great source of motivation
The survey found that women who exercise with their dog average more days of exercise per week than they do with their significant other, friend or family member. Let’s face it, a dog happily wagging its tail to go outside and get some exercise is a lot more persuasive than a friend, family member or significant other dragging you (sometimes literally) to go to the gym. But our dogs are also our fur babies, so ensuring they get plenty of exercise to stay healthy is motivation all on its own. So while working out with a friend or significant other is healthy, working out with your furry friend is also beneficial in the long run.
3. A jog with your dog goes a long way
When it comes to working out with dogs, men and women surveyed agreed that cardio is the best workout. After all, one of the basics of taking care of dogs is walking them, so turning your dog’s daily walk into a workout cardio session is a win-win for both you and your dog. This way, you and your dog get a little extra exercise out of your daily outings. It’s also a great place to start if you are not a seasoned exerciser (remember to start at a slower pace so you don’t harm yourself or your dog). With each jog, you and your dog will have greater long-term results.
4. Dogs are reliable workout partners
When asked about pet peeves of working out with partners, those surveyed said the second biggest pet peeve was partners who are unreliable. This is also the second biggest reason to ditch that partner. Living with you under the same roof, dogs are reliable. Of course this doesn’t count when your dog is truly tired or sick and thus doesn’t want to exercise (nor should they be forced to in those types of situations). But overall, you don’t have to worry about your dog being late or canceling last minute. Your dogs are happy to be wherever you are and are interested in everything you do.
5. Dogs as workout partners means quality bonding time
According to the survey, the No. 1 motivating factor of working out with a partner was having fun together. Most people who work out don’t want it to feel like a chore; they want it to be fun and something they can look forward to. Working out with your dog feels more like playtime. Playing catch with your dog is a lot more enticing than a session on an elliptical, and you’re more likely to spend more time playing catch, thus getting a better exercise. Most importantly, working out with your pet allows you to spend more quality time with your furry companion and strengthen the bond you have with them. After all, our lives don’t last forever, and neither do theirs. Why not make every moment count?