Studies have shown that working out with a partner increases your motivation and the likelihood that you'll actually stick to your training program. But finding a reliable, training partner who'll motivate you without pissing you off is rough. The best workout partner is always ready to go and never says, “I have a headache," "I'm tired," or "baseball's on tonight.” So why not ask your best friend? The one who's always happy to see you, never complains, and has a ton of energy to expend. But just because your pooch won't complain or quit doesn't mean you can ignore the cues he's giving you. Follow these nine tips and man’s best friend might just become, man’s best workout partner.
"Do not begin an exercise program without first consulting your physician." It's in the fine print of nearly every gym membership form and for good reason. This is smart advice not just for you but for your dog as well. Since dogs don’t complain as we do, they may have a nagging health issue that you're unaware of. Be sure to tell your veterinarian that you plan on exercising with your dog, so he or she pays extra close attention to its heart, lungs, and joints.