Your Pet Can Help You Stay Motivated To Exercise And Reduce Stress!

Have you ever considered recruiting your dog to join you in your exercise program?  Pets can actually help you stay motivated and stick with an exercise regimen.  So why not take your pet  along the next time you go for  a bike ride, jog, walk or even use the treadmill?

We all know that exercising is beneficial for natural stress relief, but it isn’t exactly the most fun part of a day for most people.  Exercising can seem like work and it’s hard to get motivated enough to start.  But even when you’re able to start an exercise routine,  it can be even more challenging to   stick to it.

Your Dog Could Be An Excellent Exercise Buddy

A 2006 study showed that dog owners got more exercise than those who didn’t have a four-legged friend.  While you might think of it as a duty that you have as its owner, try to start thinking of Fido as your exercise buddy instead.

Try to map out a schedule for when you’ll walk the dog.  Having a set routine is beneficial for both you and your pet.  If you live in a climate that has its ups and downs with weather, try to take an indoor walk with your dog on the treadmill.

No, you don’t have to let him step up on your pricey equipment.  There are actually  treadmills for dogs built just for this purpose!  Let him walk or run alongside you on his treadmill while you get your workout in right beside him.

You Pet Could Be The Most Dependable Exercise Buddy Of All

Exercising with a friend or family member is helpful to you because it provides you with some company that will help distract you from your “quitter mindset.” Sometimes those friends aren’t available for you and you’re forced to exercise alone. This doesn’t have to be the case if you own a pet.

Not all pets will be open to spending their time exercising with you, but some are willing to spend time with you no matter what you’re doing.  Dogs are good companions for jogs and long walks.   And if  you choose bike riding as your preferred form or exercise, dogs can be a good companion too, as long as you use the walky dog hands free dog leash.

Pets  like to get out and see the world and smell the fresh air. They make good cohorts for your exercise plan because they’ll be excited about the pending exercise and you’ll feel obligated to engage no matter what!


If exercising is definitely not on your list of fun things to do, getting motivated to do them can be quite tricky. One way to get that motivation is by staying focused on your routine and not on how much work it seems to be or how unpleasant it is.  Pets can be the perfect answer to that. Companionship without negative feedback can go a long way in your exercise and natural stress relief plans.

About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.

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