Get Fit Alongside Fido: 5 Ways to Work Out With Your Pet

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Sometimes, working out with a partner can be a pain. You have to coordinate schedules, and a less-motivated workout buddy can end up slowing you down. No worries, though; the perfect workout partner has been right by your side the entire time. Who should you be getting fit with? Your four-legged friend.

Your dog will always be up for some outdoor fun, and it’s just as good for your furry friend as it is for you. Women’s Health writes that more than 52 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, while one-third of Americans are obese. You know what that means? It’s time for you both to get up and get moving! Here are a few fun workout moves to try.

1. Women’s Health recommends trying a few of these pet-friendly moves. Before you do, warm up a bit by doing a minute-long powerwalk, followed by some high knees and butt kicks until you feel nice and loose.

Rover’s Reverse Lunges with Paw: Start by telling your dog to sit. Then face him with your feet together. Step back with one foot so your front leg is bent at a 90-degree angle with your knee directly above your ankle. At the bottom of each lunge, ask your dog for his paw to “shake.” Release the dog’s paw as you stand to return to your starting position. Repeat on the other side, and ask your dog for his other paw. Repeat for 20 reps. It’s OK if your dog doesn’t know “shake.” Instead, simply pat him on the head.

Paws Push-Ups: Ask your dog to sit or lie down next to you while you get into a push-up position. Keep your abs tight and elbows tucked into your sides, and lower your body until it hovers above the ground; then push back up. Do as many as you possibly can. While you recover, have your dog do five doggy push-ups by telling him to sit, then lay down five times.