Getting the Most Out of Life: Fitness for Pets and Owners
"Australia’s leading experts in the fitness industry are passionate about incorporating your canine and feline friends into your exercise regime. We’ve asked them to share their fun tips for getting fit with your four-legged friend, so you can get on your way to achieving your goals in no time"
What do pet owners and their pets have in common? Both need regular exercise to keep the body and mind healthy. Unfortunately, the busy pace of modern life means that we might not have time for two separate fitness sessions in one day, so instead, why not incorporate our pets’ fitness regimen into our own?
This is a great way to enjoy good health and an active lifestyle, while also spending time with your beloved pet.
Very often when we exercise, we focus on strength, speed, or endurance, with agility, relaxation and me time falling by the wayside. By exercising with our pets, we can channel their natural instincts and abilities and work on different aspects of our own fitness.
Engaging your dog or cat in play with their favourite toy, and encouraging them to chase us as we duck out of the way, is a great way to accomplish this. Not only is this sort of varied workout great for cardio, but the lateral movement involved can help strengthen knee and ankle joints at the same time. Why not take some inspiration from your cat for funky dance movements that can be played out from the comfort of your living room. Take notes on the way they stretch and bend and try mimic these moves along to some of your relaxation music.
As published in a recent article by Bupa Pet Insurance, ‘“Lots of yoga names and words are taken from the animal kingdom, especially those close to humans such as cats and dogs”, explains Timms. It’s not a case of you teaching them yoga, but the other way around.’
As a holistic health and fitness coach, for me there’s nothing better than incorporating my cats into my yoga practice. I was thrilled to be able to share my animal exercise tips with Bupa in their article, 'Tips for Getting Fit with Your Pet'. Having any animal present during your practice will not only inspire your body, but also help free your mind.
To keep your cat engaged, and to keep on enjoying exercise sessions with her, you need to get creative and come up with new ways of getting and keeping her attention. New spaces and poses are vital for this, which will also challenge your creativity and practice. Introducing this sort of variety helps to keep the wits of a cat sharp, while also preparing her for a fit, healthy, and happy life.
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