Reason #264 why having a dog is awesome: taking them for walks. I never had a dog to walk growing up, instead, my parents waited until I went to college to get a dog. Oh well, better late than never, right?
Now when I visit my parents’ house, walking Sadie is always part of the deal. Because when she looks up at me with those big, brown eyes (see above picture), I’m likely to do anything for her.
All I have to say is, “Sadie, do you wanna…?” and she flies into a tizzy, running to the cupboard where we keep her leash. And my parents’ neighborhood is perfect for walks because there are so many hills. There’s nothing better for the glutes and calves than a brisk walk uphill.
Fact: I burn about 100 calories/mile walking uphill at a 3.5-mph pace, which is 35 more calories/mile more than walking at the same pace on flat ground. It doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but it really adds up over longer distances. Plus, I enjoy feeling my leg muscles work extra hard on an incline.
Sadie also likes to “help” me with my strength training. When I do my walking lunges across the backyard, Sadie wants to play tug-of-rope with her. Talk about a crazy core workout to do both at the same time!
And as I do crunches on my balance ball, she loves running all around me, trying to figure out what the heck I’m doing. The back and forth motion of both dodging her and trying to catch her is killer for my obliques. So when I finally get my six-back abs back, I suppose I’ll have Sadie to thank.
If you don’t have a furry, lovable workout partner like Sadie yet, I’d highly suggest finding your local animal shelter and adopting a dog. Obviously there’s a bigger commitment than just a daily walk around the block, but there are so many pets that need good homes and caring owners… Just a friendly PSA from a dog lover!