Take the lead

Trail Running (UK) - - Training Tweaks -

Man’s best friend? True, but also man’s best train­ing part­ner. Walk­ing your dog is a fit­ness boost in it­self, but you can up­grade Fido’s play­time to bet­ter serve your own ex­er­cise regime.

Sim­ple as it may be, run­ning with your hound across park­land pro­vides great mo­ti­va­tion for your run­ning and com­bines two ac­tiv­i­ties, thus sav­ing you time. Plus, you’ll likely run much fur­ther than you oth­er­wise would – to stop your dog chas­ing sheep, if noth­ing else. Throw­ing a ball for your dog only works if they bring it back, true, but once you’ve got that sorted it opens up a new pos­si­bil­ity for up­per­body train­ing. After 10 reps on each arm in quick suc­ces­sion, you’ll feel the ef­fects.

Cani­cross is the new so­cial way to ex­er­cise with your dog – you’ll meet up with other run­ners to train to­gether, us­ing spe­cially de­signed hands-free har­nesses to con­trol your hound with­out get­ting tan­gled in leads.

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