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Use Your Dog as Exercise Motivation

Need Fitness Motivation? Just Look at Your Dog

Early in the morning, my dog Reuben is raring to go. He wakes me up with tons of licks, and paces coyly around the room until I pull my lazy bum out of bed. He can't wait to get outside, not only to "do his business," but to run and jump around, chase skittish squirrels, and play with his favorite squeaky ball. It's impossible to watch him happily zooming around with boundless amounts of energy without being inspired to get my body moving, too. The next time you see a dog sprinting and smiling, catch its buzz and be just as excited to exercise as it is. If you have a pooch, take them along on your run as a thank for encouraging you to get off the couch and move.

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bawp125 bawp125 8 years
i borrow my cousin's dog for this very reason!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I wish I had a dog. :(
psterling psterling 8 years
The dog in the picture looks just like my own border collie! She's definitely a handful and could not do without her morning and evening walks. I've definitely gotten more fit since we brought her home!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I know, I always think this! He runs around like crazy...for fun! If I had that energy I would look like Giselle.
alliep627 alliep627 8 years
My baby gets SOOOOOOOOOO excited when it's time to "run" with the laser light. She literally has some sort of internal clock every single day and once it's been flipped there is nooooo way I am allowed to get out of going to the drawer in the kitchen, pull out the light and ask her if she's "ready to run." She will run following the laser light up and down the hall in our house until her tongue's hanging out to the side of her snout and she's covered in white foam from breathing so hard. And I have said countless times to my husband & daughter "MAN! If only there was something that got ME this excited to work out every day!"
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
Well, I have a cat. All he motivates me to do is to get on the couch :P
0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 8 years
I always am.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
I had to be amused by this, I'm afraid! Considering that our dog is usually the last in the household to get out of bed. He'll reluctantly drag himself outside for about ten minutes to pee in the morning, then he gets straight back into his bed and sleeps until noon. Maybe my couch potato instincts have rubbed off on him, hee.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
My dogs are always pumped up, and I'll have to start using that as inspiration. My horses are exactly the same way. Dakota waits by the gate and stares me down until I give her a work-out.
hannahc hannahc 8 years
Haha, my little girl does down dogs and up dogs all the time :) I think it's hilarious! My chihuahuas (a boy and the girl mentioned already) lose their minds when it's time to go for a walk, its so much fun to take them out.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My dog's definitely excited when she hears her leash rattle...she puts her paws down, butt in the air and starts jumping around. It always motivates me because she's 11 years old and still has the energy of a puppy.
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