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CrossFit With Your Dog: Is It a Good Idea?

55.8 percent of dogs in the US are classified as overweight or obese, according to a survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Obesity is almost as common in dogs as it is in humans, and the health consequences are just as serious. too. Overweight pups put more stress on their joints, lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver. They are also more prone to injury, and they lack the energy or natural playfulness that fit dogs have. Over the last decade, CrossFit has become one of the most popular methods of training for those who want to stay fit. If you have been doing CrossFit exercises or you’re interested in starting, you need to think of how you can help your furry friend get in shape as well. However, before you start, there are some things you must consider.

Talk to your vet first

Before you start exercising with your dog — whether you are doing CrossFit or any other form of exercise — you must talk to your dog’s vet first. The types of exercises that are suitable for your dog depend on various factors including his age, size, breed, and current fitness level. For example, certain exercises, such as running, may not be suitable for your pup if he is a short-legged breed or if he has a flat nose. Make sure you have the green light from your vet before you get your dog on any fitness regimen.

Find suitable workouts for you and your pup

Since CrossFit exercises are designed for humans, you can’t expect your dog to be able to do most of them. However, you can find clever ways to incorporate your pup into some of your CrossFit workouts safely so that even he can get fit. For example, you can play fetch with your dog, but with a twist. Instead of just standing there, you can be doing AMRAP burpees until your dog brings the ball back. This way, your dog benefits from the running exercises as you benefit from your burpees. With a little creativity, you can find many ways to do CrossFit together with your dog.

Nutrition is key

Nutrition plays a vital role in you and your dog’s fitness, regardless of which type of exercise you do. If you are are doing high-intensity CrossFit workouts, you will need to follow a well-balanced diet packed with the macronutrients you need to meet your caloric needs and stay healthy. Find the perfect balance between carbohydrate, protein, and fat that fuels your workout efforts sufficiently and allows you to recover properly as well.  Many find an enhanced work out when incorporating in a routine to get the most of out their workout that not only includes stretching but also supplements that can prepared your body for an optimal workout. Similarly, you need to ensure that your dog is on the right diet as well. With so many pet food choices available today and conflicting dietary advice, it can be confusing for you to know the right food to give your dog and the right amounts. This is one of those things you should talk to your vet about since it varies depending on your dog and the types of workouts you plan to be doing together.

Just like you, your dog needs some form of exercise to stay fit, healthy, and happy. As you get in shape using Crossfit workouts, try to find ways to let your pup in on the action. Not only is it a great way to boost your dog’s health, but it’s also a great way to spend more time together and strengthen your bond.

This blog was contributed by Jane Sandwood. If you would like to submit a blog please email cynthia@newyorkdognanny.com

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