Have you ever gone jogging with a friend only to discover that they run a lot faster (or slower) than you, forcing you to alter your comfortable pace? Or maybe they jabbered incessantly, completely ruining your ability to concentrate on the task at hand (or worse, just stuck in their headphones and virtually ignored you for the next two miles)? The truth is, working out with another person can sometimes be fun, but it almost always forces you to compromise your exercise in some way. Wouldn’t you really rather have a partner that always goes at your pace (while pushing you to do more), listens to all of your chit-chat without rudely interjecting their own opinions every time you pause for a breath, and is perfectly happy to jog in silence? All of these wonderful traits can be found in your workout buddy if that person happens to be a dog.
Exercising with your pet is a great way to get everything you want in a workout partner. If they are on a leash or well trained to heel, they will travel along at whatever pace you set (just keep in mind their age and size when determining how far they can be expected run without rest or water). And if you have them on a leash, you may find that they are constantly pulling, which is a great incentive to get you pushing your limits instead of resting on your laurels (this is especially true of large dogs, which may end up pulling you in their wake). In any case, you always have the option to rein them in or run a little faster, at your discretion. If you’ve been around awhile, you’ve no doubt learned the hard way that trying to rein in a friend is almost never a good idea, so in this respect, a pet is the far superior companion when it comes to your workout.
But aside from letting you set the pace while still urging you to push your limits, and keeping their peace whether you’re feeling talkative or not, dogs are almost always willing to try other types of exercise with you. Want to go hiking or mountain-biking instead of jogging? Your pooch is only too happy to get outside of city limits where the leash can come off and smaller animals can be chased and sniffed at leisure (bonus: you don’t have to carry the poop-scoop with you for these outings). Most dogs will also jump in the water with you for a swim (or at least bark at you from the shoreline). They are happy to run ahead, follow you, or run circles around you.
Beyond all of these wonderful reasons that make your pet a good exercise partner for you, they could also benefit from the workout. Most dogs love to be outdoors, run around, and spend time with their owners. They need exercise and interaction just as much as you do, so by taking them along, you are killing two birds with one stone. Making your pet your workout partner is a great way to ensure that both of you live a long, healthy, and happy life together.
Jamie Lucas is a writer for PUA Reviews where you can find great tips and advice on dating and the art of seduction.