Celebrate National Pet Month By Getting in Shape with Your Pet

May is National Pet Month, and what better way to celebrate than spending time with your furry friends while staying healthy at the same time? Because no one likes to exercise more than your four-legged friend, here are some great ways to workout with your pets:

Walking your dog is not only a bonding experience; if you wear a fitness tracker, walking the dog helps you boost your step-count and reach those daily 10,000 steps more quickly. And yes, you can even leash train a cat, which can also boost your step count and is definitely a show stopper.

Running is a great way to burn calories and your dog will love it. Plus, they will keep you motivated when you’re not in the mood to go for a jog.

Hiking gives you and your pooch a sense of adventure while also burning calories and increasing your step count. Plus, he or she won’t complain if it’s too steep. Just remember to be respectful of other pet owners and mindful of leash laws, and keep your dog on a leash while on a public hiking trail. Here are more tips on hiking with your dog: http://www.gore-tex.com/blog/hiking-with-dog/

Stand-up paddleboarding was made for dogs! Dogs of all sizes and participate while you burn calories and spend time in the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen for you both and a life preserver or floatation collar for your pooch! Oh, and cats are known for their hatred of water, so best to leave your land loving lynx in his or her favorite lounge spot while you SUP with the pup.

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Cycling is perfect for dogs with a ton of energy and a great low-impact activity for pet owners with any injuries. Rollerblading is also a great activity to help burn off a dog’s excess energy. The cat may not run beside you, but a well-trained cat or even a bird is happy to go along for the ride.

Yoga (yep, yoga!) There’s no animal that can balance and stretch like a cat! It turns out, both cats and dogs are naturals at this ancient practice. Hello? Downward dog and cat pose! Incorporating your pets into your regular yoga practice not only improves your bond with your pet, it gives you both mind, body, and soul the replenishment and nourishment. Bonus: It also helps prevent pet diabetes and obesity too.

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Don’t have a pet? If you’re not a pet owner, but considering adding a furry fluffball to your family, we highly recommend adopting. Organizations like Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue help would-be pet owners find their puurfect feline or canine companion.

AND, for every purchase of an S7 Smart Scale during the month of May, we will donate a percentage of sales to the rescue to help animals in need find their forever home and ideal workout partners. Paw Prints in the Sand is also an Amazon Smile charity.

And, just like humans need to check with their doctor before beginning a new workout program, check with your veterinarian to discuss your pet’s exercise program and always make sure that you have the right equipment for the activity.