They say that dogs are a man’s best friend. However, it is 2020 and dogs have taken on a whole new role. They are also man’s best personal trainer!

It is a well- known fact that physical activity and interaction with our pets release feel good chemicals in our brains. With gyms closed, and people spending more time at home, why not combine the two? Other than making us happy, scientific studies have determined that dogs may also benefit our physical health. Wellness benefits include lower blood pressure, plasma cholesterol, triglyceride, and stress levels (Arhant-Sudhir et al., 2011). Dogs are also great motivation to help us adhere to a walking program.

The advantages don’t just pertain to physical health, but also mental health. Animal assisted interventions, such as the use of therapy dogs, have also proven to reduced depression, PTSD symptoms, and anxiety (O’haire et al., 2015).

 

To lighten spirits and provide a bit of entertainment during the dull moments of quarantine, we’ve made the following work out with man’s best friend in mind!

 

Weighted Squats

Alternating Arm and Leg

Backwards Lunge

Shuttle Run (Hallway or Outdoors)

Bonus Exercise: Weighted planks if your dog will sit still enough!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Maritza Correa

 

 

Resources:

Arhant-Sudhir, K., Arhant-Sudhir, R., & Sudhir, K. (2011). Pet ownership and cardiovascular risk reduction: Supporting evidence, conflicting data and underlying mechanisms. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 38(11), 734-738. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1681.2011.05583.x

O’haire, M. E., Guérin, N. A., & Kirkham, A. C. (2015). Animal-Assisted Intervention for trauma: A systematic literature review. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01121

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