Reasons that a Dog is a Great Workout Partner

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Last week we wrote about the research which supports the idea that having a dog can mean increased activity for the owner. The evidence is pretty compelling: dog owners are likely to get more exercise than non dog owners.

For this week’s FitDog Friday post we have created a list of reasons why a dog is a great workout partner.   Thanks to our readers here and on Facebook for contributing great suggestions!  Here is the list, in no particular order.

Reasons that a Dog is a Great Workout Partner

  • fitDogFriday_180x150They provide a little extra “pull” when you have little energy left to finish the run or walk.
  • They never complain about the WoD (Workout of the Day).
  • They never cancel a workout.
  • They don’t mind how slow you go.
  • They don’t mind how fast you go.
  • When their endocannabinnoids (which cause “runner’s high) kick in and they get giddy, they motivate you go faster/harder.
  • They don’t make fun of how you look in shorts or tights.
  • They will lick your face in the middle of an exercise.
  • They serve as an alarm clock by making sure you are awake for early morning workouts.
  • They will never “dog” you for not being able to keep up with them!
  • They are ready to go any time and at a moment’s notice.
  • They love you for being their workout partner.
  • They love doing whatever you are doing even if it means exercising.
  • By making sure they are fit you are making sure that you are fit.
  • They are experts at downward dog.
  • They smile during the workout.
  • They make you smile during the workout.
  • Running with a dog gives you a partner, something to focus on besides how many more miles to go.
  • They make all exercise into a big game.

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Did we miss some?  Tell us in the comments and we will add them to the list.

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  1. I like that! I am an expert of downward dog !!
    Ruckus the Eskie recently posted…GIVEAWAY ALERT: BarkBox GiveawayMy Profile

  2. I think you covered most of the points. I know mom’s most favorite thing is the way dogs love to charge hills. I’ve said it before but having us dogs teach Mom to charge hills on a run and race with her to the top helped her get through that last marathon that ended with the last miles being up hill. We don’t have those silly fears humans do about things like hills. We make all exercise into a big game.
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  3. Think you’ve got it covered. Best workout partner ever….plus they rarely argue with you enroute….Happy FitDog Friday
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  4. Love working out with our dogs – they definitely keep us on schedule and will let us know when it is time to workout!
    DogTread recently posted…Pet Obesity Awareness Day – InfographicMy Profile

  5. Hiking with Gizmo and watching his joy as he explores new trails makes me focus more on our environment and appreciate more of the beauty around us
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  6. Those are all the very best reasons.

  7. Especially true about the downward dog ….seriously. I’ve studied my doggies doing theirs and they make it look so easy and natural. This is a great article / list …… Should be on the front page of the NYtimes – puts it all in perspective.

  8. GREAT list! I had to smile at many of them. Here’s mine:
    When you don’t feel like getting out the door for a walk or run, they are there standing by the door, wagging and dancing and anxiously waiting for you to take them on a walk, so you do it for them (and then you both benefit).
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  9. Gotta love the pull Charlie gives when I’m going to slow! He’s also good at the guilt trip if I don’t get enough exercise in!
    Chris and Charlie recently posted…Fit dog Friday – lessons learnedMy Profile

  10. Hi Y’all!

    What you missed on your list is that we are really, really good at nagging! Yep, nagging!! We can tell time…when to rise and shine, when to play, when to go work and only then will we let you sit in peace while we sleep. Most important thing about us as workout partners…we are good at nagging!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  11. They really are the best workout partners, aren’t they?
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  12. That is a great list. We can’t add anything to it except who would ever need a human work out partner?
    jan recently posted…Sharks can be pussy cats even when a dog is involvedMy Profile

  13. I wonder if people who walk their cats and ferrets (I swear I saw someone walking their ferret) get some of the same benefits.
    Tenacious Little Terrier recently posted…FitDog Friday #9 – Thing One and Thing TwoMy Profile

  14. Great list! The dogs are definitely the best workout partners I’ve ever had!
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  15. We exercise with Mama three times a day! Wooooowooooooo!
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  16. I’m keen to go out, whatever the weather!
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  17. Beautiful list. And Hawk is right they are so good at nagging. I love to see what they sniff out on a walk.
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  18. Excellent list! I like the one about the dog not minding how slow you go. 🙂

  19. Great list! I would only add that they can help you uphill when you’re hiking and getting tired….I experienced that on a hike yesterday! I was slowing down, but the dogs sure weren’t!
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