Friday, October 11, 2013

Chase me if you Can

According to the American Heart Association, 80% of Americans don't make exercise a regular habit, and 14% say they don't like to exercise. I'm a little surprised by those figures. Actually, I thought it would be higher! I really don't enjoy exercising. I don't know many people who do! Well, I'm sure you're out there somewhere, you wild and crazy people who think it is fun to be achy, sweaty, out of breath and in pain. But one thing I do like is the feeling of doing something healthy for my body. I can't say I feel good, refreshed or energized physically after a workout like some people say they do. But I feel so darn good mentally. So I guess I have to take what positives I can out of the experience!

I wish I could be more like my dogs. They're always up for exercise. They both love their walks, runs at the park, and play time. When I say "Time for a walk!" they don't grump and complain about how they had a hard day and they're too tired and just leave them alone already. They jump up and dance around, spin around at my feet while I try to hook up the leashes, and bolt out the door enthusiastically, dragging me less-enthusiastically behind.

So I'm trying to learn from my dogs what makes exercise fun. And it's perfect, because that's the theme of K9Kamp this session---Fitness Fun and Games. Here's a game I played with Kelly and Ike.

Have you ever played "chase" with your dogs? We do, and they love it! And it's so much fun, I barely realize that I'm actually running and burning calories!
1. Find a place where you can run, weaving around trees, patio tables or other obstacles. You can do this indoors too. We have a natural circuit from our living room, to the hall, through the kitchen, through the dining room, back to the living room and hall and around again!

2. Start running! Most dogs don't need any encouragement to play along.

3. Change directions frequently. Try to fake them out. Make zig zags. Keep them guessing. It's so much fun because usually my dogs outsmart me! haha

4. I guarantee you, you will quit before your dogs do. I usually end up in a heap on the floor with the dogs begging for more!

Another game:
Play in the leaves!

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  1. Great post...I think all dogs love chase, it's a natural. Making it fun and keeping it interesting is essential, but also a challenge. Keep reminding yourself of the benefits for you and for them! that last photo of Kelly with the cute.

  2. We play lots of chase in the yard. Mom starts it to get us going and then the three of us usually go off on our own game. Mom and us love exercising, what Mom doesn't like so much is really healthy eating. She eats pretty healthy, but she has weaknesses and isn't a big veggie fan. Great post as it is simple to play chase and fun.

  3. We love playing chase too! I did it A LOT with Rocco -- both indoors and out -- when he was a very young pup. It wore him out and kept me in shape too! We still play lots of chase, and it helps keep Rocco focused on me too. Great photos too!

  4. Sounds like us when mom mentions walk
    Benny & Lily

  5. Two French BulldogsOctober 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    We would love to
    Benny & Lily

  6. Kolchak love love loves chase. He thinks it's the ULTIMATE in good times. It's great exercise for both of us!

  7. Chase is a good one for us too. I normally do it at the beach or via the bike as Scooter is so big & fast (& easily outruns me). On the beach I throw the ball/frisbee into the sea & walk slowly down the beach - once Scooter has retrieved & heading back to shore I take off down the beach. Gives him an extra workout & good sprinting exercise for me (plus its fun knowing your dog is catching up fast behind you!!) Chase is good.......

  8. It's so easy to just stay at the 'puter for hours on end but a quick glance at Gizmo reminds me it's time to head out for some movement, exercise and fun...And I never regret it...Starting the day off with a nice long walk clears my head and gets me ready for what comes next


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