We are always talking about the benefits of exercising with your dog. We love to hike, and even occasionally run, with our dogs (yes, believe it or not, Dachshunds are good runners – why do you think there are so many weiner races out there?) but walking is the easiest, bet way for you and your pooch to get exercise together.
We think that any basic exercise plan has to start with walking. If you and/or your pooch are out of shape and a few pounds too heavy, walking is the best way to ease into a more intense exercise program.
If you are just starting an exercise program, regular walk should be your aim. Start out with small walks around your neighborhood if you aren’t used to physical activity. After you can walk about an hour 5 days a week with ease then you can start adding longer, faster-paced walks or hikes.
To help get you motivated I found this nifty tool on the Weather Channel of all places. They have a Dog Walking Calculator on their website you can use to calculate how many calories YOU burn while out on a walk with your pooch. All you have to do is enter the length of time walking, your weight and walking pace and it will spit out the number of calories you will burn. For example (me), a 165 lb person walking for 45 minutes at a normal walking pace will burn 174 calories. We walk at least twice a week so I burn 348 calories a week walking Chester and Gretel.
They even offer this quick tip for those ambitious types that eventually want to get into running with their dogs:
“Just like people who aren’t used to exercise, dogs should start off slow. Moderately paced walking is a good way to start—it lets canine athletes build their cardiovascular and muscle strength without putting undue stress on their joints. A daily ten- to 15-minute walking session is a good start; you can build to an hour a day if Rover seems up to it. If, after a few months, he’s doing well and can handle long, fast walks without fatigue, he can graduate to jogging with you.”
To find out how many calories you burn walking your dog, or to learn more about exercising with your pet, check out this on-line calculator .
How many calories do you burn a week walking your dog a week?
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