January is usually the month where people vow to be more active. Even though the month is already half way through, it’s never too late to start or change up your routine a bit. A great way to make fitness fun is by getting a workout buddy.  They say that working out with a partner will not only help you work out harder, it will help you stick with it longer.  And honestly, there is no better companion than your dog.

1. Walk/Jog:  Kick your walks up a notch with bursts of jogging.  Interval training has actually been touted as one of the best was to torch calories.  Jog until you can’t jog any longer, then walk some more, after you’ve recouped your breath, give it another go.  The best part of this is that you can do as little or as much jogging as you want, but either way you and your dog are melting away those biscuits!

2. Agility Training:  Have a blast in the backyard by setting up a fun obstacle course for your dog.  Get some rods or cones to weave in and out of, blocks for jumping and maybe even spring for a little vinyl tunnel for them to crawl through.  Show them how to do it and then take turns racing through the course.

3. Flyball: Get a few friends together and play a fun game of Flyball!  This is a great way to incorporate fun and fitness into your weekends.  Learn all about how you can start this awesome sport here, What Is Flyball?

4. Extreme Fetch:  Sure a nice leisurely game of fetch with your dog is nice, but what about dialing up the intensity a bit?  Run and dive with them, try and get the ball first then chuck it back and do it again.  Not only are you bonding with your dog, you’re both getting some great exercise.

5. Sign up for a 5k:  Find a local dog-friendly fundraising 5k and sign up!  Don’t worry if you and your dog aren’t avid runners, most of these are walk/runs where you can go at your own pace.  However, it doesn’t hurt to amp up your walking game a little in the weeks prior to get ready.  In fact, this is a great motivator to get you out and moving.  Every time you see that date on your calendar, you will me more likely to fit in some fun exercises with your dog to prepare.

One of the best parts of getting in a fitness routine with your dog is that they won’t flake on you!  They are always ready to go, full of energy that is contagious.  So get out there and hit some pavement with your pup!