Options for Exercising With Your Dog: PetsMove Mutt-a-Thon Tips
For those that haven’t heard, the inaugural 2014 Move Your Mutt Health and Fitness Expo officially begins on January 1, 2014. We wanted to describe the Event and provide links to key information pages as well as some suggestions on how to participate in the Mutt-a-thon virtual fitness workout on Jan 4th.
About the Move Your Mutt Canine Health and Fitness Expo
The expo kicks off with 3 days of video webinars on topics related to canine wellness, fitness, nutrition and feeding. View the full Expo agenda here.
There is also a virtual Sponsor Exhibit Hall with information from pet companies providing quality and healthy food, fitness, and other products. Make sure to check back often as new Exhibitors are still reserving their virtual ‘booths’.
The expo will culminate with the Mutt-a-thon, a virtual workout gathering where participants will engage in a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise with their pets and then log their activity on the site. Prizes will be awarded to some lucky Mutt-a-thon participants.
Participants are also encouraged to submit short videos of their activities to the Petsmove site. Share your fun experience with the rest of the PetsMove community. The top videos will also be eligible for some great prizes (and bragging rights)!
Participating in the Mutt-a-thon Virtual Workout: Options for Exercising with your Dog
The January 4th Mutt-a-thon is meant to motivate people to get off their butts and workout with their mutts! Participants will exercise with their pets and, hopefully, use this workout as a launching point to a year full of consistent exercise for themselves and their pets.
There are so many different exercise activities to choose from. Here are the more popular exercises to do with your dog:
- Run. Our personal favorite, running requires no special equipment or facility and burns a lot of calories (over twice the amount from walking, depending on speeds).
- Walk. The old standby. This is a safe choice for older or injured dogs. For the Mutt-a-thon, try and increase the intensity by walking at a faster pace than normal.
- Strength Train. Try a muscle workout that incorporates squatting, reaching, and balance work to activate the muscles and build strength. You can learn some of these exercises by searching our FitDog Friday archives. There will also be videos with suggested moves available on Petsmove.Org as part of the Expo starting on Jan 1. Use a K9FitVest to add intensity. Make sure that you and your dog are working!
- Join a Group Class. Try a K9FitClub class and have some fun while you workout with your dog. Not near a facility? Try some of the exercises in the videos on PetsMove.org.
- Hill Work. Another favorite. Hills provide high intensity training and can be used to target rear limb weakness. It will have you huffing and puffing as well.
- Swim. For those with access to water, swimming is a low impact method to burn calories and keep muscle tone.
- Water Mobility. The act of walking or running through water provides a great muscle building stimulant while minimizing the impact on the body.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you “just do it”.
It should be a great event. Thanks to all the participating dogs and humans and the exhibitors and sponsors DogTread and K9FitClub. Don’t forget our Resolve to Move Your Mutt Blog Hop starting Sunday Dec. 29th. All you need is a dog, a resolution and a camera 🙂
Good luck to all. Here’s to a Healthy and Happy 2014!
Please enjoy our FitDog Friday Blog Hop brought to you by SlimDoggy and our co-hosts Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love. Join the Hop or just enjoy the links below – lots of fun fitness tips and advice!