Getting started on that new year fitness regime can seem a bit daunting sometimes. Or even if you do kick-start your fitness, things can tail off quite quickly. One of the best ways to keep fit is to make your activity a part of your daily routine – and there’s no better way to do this than with your favourite furry friend.
If you’ve got a dog, a daily walk will benefit you both – a brisk walk can burn over 100 calories per mile for you and with estimates that 50% of UK dogs are overweight, it could benefit your pet too.
Even in urban areas, it’s easy to get out and walk with your dog. There are a wealth of sites with walking information or to help you find a local route. You could try http://walkit.com/.
On the weekend, or if you’ve got the time for a longer walk, I came across this site for the Top 21 Dog Walks in the UK. The walks range from 30 minutes to over two hours, so can suit all levels of fitness – for you and your pooch. Locations include rural and urban walks, from Thieves Wood in Nottinghamshire to Portsmouth seafront in Hampshire.
Of course, if you’re out and about walking with your dog, you do need to be a responsible dog owner and the Top 21 Dog Walks site also has a good section on top tips to follow and links to the Countryside Code.
Where are your favourite spots to walk your pets – rural or urban? Let us know on the blog.