Yesterday I asked Rita if she wanted to go do a cardio workout with me. Of course she did! We live at the end of a street that splits off into three separate deadends, each with a STEEP hill. Luckily we live at the top of the one deadend, so we don't have to always start our walk with a long uphill slog. But yesterday, I decided we'd hit the hills in each deadend, one right after the other. It was a good little 35 minute cardio workout and we were both panting by the end of it.
But Rita didn't really care about that - she just wanted to get out and GO! She doesn't give a hoot about cardio vs. strength training, and could care less about the latest fitness fad.
Don't get me wrong. She does cardio:
|"I love aerobics, especially water aerobics! Gotta get the heart rate up!"|
And strength training:
|"More resistance, Momma! I need more resistance!"|
Of course, she also makes time for stretching:
|"You can make time for stretching by stretching & noshing at the same time."|
And she knows that you need to recover after a hard workout:
|"This is an important part of my recovery. Every athlete knows that!"|
Abby even had a great core workout that she liked to do. (You think situps work your core - try digging on three legs!)
But Rita's not worried about getting in three hour-long cardio sessions a week, plus 2 - 3 strength sessions, or about keeping her heart rate at eighty percent of her max. She doesn't need a gym membership or any fancy equipment. She doesn't need a pedometer, a chronometer or an MP3 player. She just wants to move more, get out more, have more fun.
So, get out with your pup. Toss a toy around the yard. Chase each other around the dining room table. Move more, do more, enjoy more! It's good for you and the dog!
Happy FitDog Friday!