Over the last year, we’ve all had to adapt to a new way of living, prompted by the coronavirus pandemic which has led to millions of us spending large chunks of time within the confines of our homes. For our devoted dogs, however, the stay-at-home era has meant more time enjoying the day alongside ever-present owners – and this shouldn’t be put on pause for indoor exercise!
As home workouts continue to grow in popularity across the UK (nearly half of Brits now favour them over a gym membership), we’ve partnered with fitness influencer Amy Lou Perry to show you the fun exercises you can do alongside your excited dog.
We’ve outlined the dog-friendly exercises Amy recommends below, but you can also catch her on her adorable cockapoo Teddy’s Instagram as she hosts a live workout session on Wednesday 31st March at 7pm.
Your dog will love this activity, as they excitedly meander between your strides. Encouraging your dog to weave in and out, try to complete four sets of eight lunging reps per leg.
They’ll love the interaction, but make sure to keep a handful of doggy treats within reach as a tasty guide and special reward for being so well behaved!
With your elbows clenched and forearms holding your body just above the floor, make 30 to 60 second bursts of this usually core-straining exercise a little more fun by alternating your holding arm and giving your dog regular high fives. They’ll love the involvement, and you’ll notice the clock ticking that little bit faster.
This is a great hands-on activity that helps you to continue building closeness with your dog, as the pair of you squat three sets of ten reps together.
If your dog isn’t too big, hold them across their stomach and chest so they’re comfortable in your arms. If they’re a bit too heavy, take hold of your dog’s paws for a little extra resistance and welcome each bending squat with affectionate kisses!
Dynamic by design, burpees are great for getting the heart racing – but also the perfect opportunity to encourage doggy involvement.
Beginning in the press up-position, launch your legs forward and spring upwards, before dropping back into the flat starting position and repeating for three sets of six. Mimicking your movement, your dog will love jumping up with you and laying down as you drop.
A stationary exercise, wall sits simply involve resting your back against a flat surface, with your knees bent and thighs as parallel to the floor as possible. Ideally, you’ll be able to hold this position for between 30 and 60 seconds, with your dog on your lap for a little extra weight or stood before you with their encouraging paws resting on your knees.
Whether you favour the standard push-up position or feel more comfortable with your knees touching the floor, this traditional exercise benefits from enjoyable doggy involvement.
Completing three sets of eight push ups, reach out to give your dog a high five after each complete action, or let them sit on your back for a little extra resistance.
The last year has allowed us all to build on the irreplaceable bond with our dogs, as we’ve spent more time with them than ever before. As restrictions are being eased across the UK, find the perfect dog-friendly cottage and book the staycation you both deserve.
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