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Fortunately, dogs don't have to worry about getting into a bathing suit or the flab around their arm muscles or "muffin tops." However, it is good for both you and your dog to stay in shape and at a healthy weight. A recent survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats were considered overweight or obese by their veterinarian. Estimates on adults are not much better: 66 percent of people are overweight in America.
The good news is that dog owners are more likely to be fitter and healthier than their pooch-free peers. New research from Michigan State University reports that people with canine companions are 34 percent more likely to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week than are folks with other pets (sorry, kitties) or none at all.
Dogs are not only your best friends, but can be your best fitness friends as well! Think about it; they won't cancel on you like some of your friends will. Working out with your dog doesn't have to be limited to just running or throwing a ball or Frisbee. The great thing about exercising with a pet is that you don't need a gym and you don't need expensive equipment. All you need is a good pair of shoes, a leash and you're off!
Here's some tips for a great exercise program for you and your dog: