Running with your Dog to Burn Calories
For both humans and dogs, running is a great way to burn calories and stay lean. When compared to walking, running can burn a lot more calories per minute of exercise and even help build muscle tone (if you are pushing hard enough). Why is running more efficient at burning calories than walking (or other lower intensity) activities? Because intensity directly impacts the calorie burn.
Calories Burned while Running
There is a mathematical formula often used to estimate calories burned:
Intensity x time X body weight = Kcals burned
Obviously, the greater the intensity, the higher the calories burned per unit of time. Running with your dog, at a fast pace (as fast as you can handle), is the key.
Let’s take a look at a graph of calories burned by a 50 lb. dog at different running speeds.
As you can see, the faster and more intense the speed, the more calories are burned. Indeed, running at “only” 6 MPH for 30 minutes will burn more than 3 times the calories as will a slow walk!
Furthermore, there has been some recent research that suggests that higher intensity workouts can burn even more calories after the workout is over. This phenomenon, known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC, is even more reason to include running (or other high intensity exercise) in your dog’s (and your own) exercise programs.
The bottom line is that keeping your dog lean can result in a longer and more active lifespan for them, almost 2 years longer on average. Similar benefits are available to humans who stay fit and lean. Running is one of the best ways to accomplish this, so what are you waiting for? Get outside with your dog and “just run”!
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