Get in shape to­gether

Prevention (USA) - - FAMILY -

Most dogs with­out ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions need 30 to 45 min­utes of daily move­ment.

The CDC rec­om­mends that adults get at least 150 min­utes of mod­er­ate ex­er­cise a week. “Start with some­thing less stren­u­ous, like short­range fetch or a quick walk,” sug­gests Gary Richter, D.V.M. He notes that swim­ming to­gether is a great low-im­pact work­out, and many dogs also en­joy hik­ing for the men­tal stim­u­la­tion that comes with new smells. Jill sug­gests do­ing squats while play­ing fetch and run­ning af­ter the ball with your pup to raise both your heart rates. She cocre­ated the Keep Your Best Friend

Fit pro­gram, a se­ries of fit­ness videos to en­cour­age peo­ple to work out with their pets. Dogs who get proper ex­er­cise will of­ten show fewer de­struc­tive bore­do­mor anx­i­ety-re­lated be­hav­iors, says Richter— and stud­ies show that it re­duces stress, anx­i­ety, and de­pres­sion in hu­mans too.

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