Good diet and exercise are not only essential for humans to maintain a healthy body, your dog needs these things to keep his physical health at its peak.
So, if you and your pet need the same things for their health and wellbeing, why not team up and stay fit together?
Read on to find out how you and your four-legged friend can help each other stay healthy as a team.
Do sports together
Large dogs need a lot of exercise so they can also be of great help in staying active.
If you have a smaller pooch, consider buying a dog stroller and taking it with you for a run. You will enjoy the fresh air and you will have to work a little harder if you have to push it forward.
It doesn’t just have to be walking or jogging, throwing a ball or jumping over objects also helps to vary your workout.
Eat a balanced diet
Just like humans, your dog’s diet should include vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
If you are concerned that you may not be getting the right mix of foods, why not give you and your pup a nutritional check-up and make sure that you are both eating the right types of food in the right amounts every day.
Watch out for the cholesterol
You may not know that cholesterol problems can affect dogs too; Just like in humans, high cholesterol can cause serious health problems.
If you are concerned about your own cholesterol levels, try consuming more monounsaturated fats and avoiding saturated fats. You can also add more omega-3s to your diet, along with plenty of soluble fiber and reduce alcohol consumption.
Click here to learn more about what to do about high cholesterol in dogs – you might be surprised how similar you really are.
Don’t sit for long
While an occasional lazy day is fine, if you are at home with your dog often and find that both of you spend a lot of time sitting or lying down, make sure you get up and exercise regularly.
Your dog will make those breaks from sitting more interesting as you can choose from a variety of options to spend time with, such as playing or other activities that you normally enjoy together.
Playing tug of war with a rope or sturdy dog toy is a great way for both of you to improve your strength together, and all of that pulling, tugging, and twisting will also work many different muscle groups.
An agility class of jumping, climbing, turning, and crawling is a great opportunity for your dog to get some extensive training and return the favor.
So if you want to improve your dog’s fitness, try teaming up with your pooch, getting active, and working together to improve your health and wellbeing.