Turning Dog Walking into a Real Exercise

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Walking is a simple yet highly effective way to stay fit. But walking becomes even better if you have Fido as your fitness partner! That’s right, you can turn a daily chore into a fun (and creative) way to slim down and shape up. A leisurely stroll in the park tones the legs. Coupled with breathing exercises and stretching, you can torch more calories and engage major muscle groups.

In today’s post, we are listing down great exercise routines that will turn dog walking into an amazing fat-busting fitness routine.

Lunges

Lunges help tone the legs, glutes, and core. To do a lunge while walking the dog, take a large step. Now, bend your back knee to lower your body to the ground. Don’t drop your knee all the way to the ground. Hold the position for several seconds then switch back to the other side. Alternate a total of ten lunges. Start walking faster then do one lunge until you reach a total of 30 to 40 lunges per walk.

Hip Extension

Want to achieve that enviable J.Lo butt? The hip extension will help tighten and tone the butt area. To do the hip extension, tighten your glutes as you walk. The glutes are the muscles in the buttocks area. Extend each leg behind you. Now, focus on extending your hips. Squeeze the leg muscles with your legs and not the lower back. Do ten reps.

Leg Lifts

The leg lift tones and shapes up the gams and abs. As you walk forward, raise one knee to your chest area. Now, hold the knee for about five seconds. Slowly, release the foot by lowering it to the ground. Do at least ten lifts with each leg. To mix it up, try adding a front leg extension. To do this, stretch your lower back and the hamstrings. These are large muscles on the backs of the thighs.

Lateral Lunges

Lateral lunges increase strength and flexibility to muscles on the sides of your legs. To do the lateral lunges, stand with your feet wide. The toes should be pointed slightly out. Lower your center of gravity by moving from side to side. Now, stretch your inner thigh and use your leg muscles.  Do fifteen reps.

Squats

Squats help built leg strength, it also tones the glutes. While Fido is out sniffing around, do as many squats as you can. Stand with feet about hip-width apart. Keep the toes pointed forward. Now, lower your body as if you’re about to sit on a chair. Go as low as you can. Hold the position for several seconds then go back to the starting position. Repeat and do at least 10 squats.

Grapevine Walking

Grapevine walking improves balance and agility. To do the grapevine walk, turn sideways. Step one foot over the other and then alternate each step with the front foot and then the back foot. Do grapevine walking for 30 steps or more.

Playing Catch

This is a classic! Get Fido to exercise with you. Playing catch improves flexibility and speed. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Pull your abs then bend at a 90-degree angle. Move your shoulder away from your body and throw the ball. Wait until Fido fetches the ball then throw again least 10 times more.


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