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- Take it uphill. Find a neighborhood with lots of hills and walk your dog there. The hills add a new level of difficulty to your walk and it works completely different muscles than a walk on flat terrain.
- Run Forrest, Run! Jog or run with your dog, instead of walking. Even if you can’t run your whole route, try alternating between running and walking and setting small goals, like running to the next stop sign or running until the end of the block.
- Stairway to Heaven. Stairs are a great way to work on overall muscle toning and endurance, for you and your dog. Find a big stair case and climb away!
- Interval Walking. Kick up the pace a bit and try interval walking. This simple trick is and easy way to add fitness into the every day.
Need a bit more motivation?
On those nights when I just don’t feel like going for our walk, I’ll ask Kolchak if he thinks we should go for a walk. His excitement and enthusiasm are contagious. By the time he’s done wigglying around until after the conference.
Prizes and Praise!
So tell us: Do you walk your dog every day? What do you do to make a walk a little more athletic?