Healthy Habits: CARDIO

Making healthy habits a part of your daily routine can be difficult. Work, and life in general, are often really busy and can get in the way of keeping consistent healthy habits a part of your daily routine. The last thing you want to do after a long day of work is go for an hour run, or to a spin class, but when you have a dog in your life making healthy habits routine can be easy and fun! You have the perfect exercise companion in your dog. Your dog is always up for exercise, especially after patiently waiting all day for you to arrive home. So make the best of your partnership, and develop the right habits together!

One of the easiest ways to do this is by doing cardiovascular (more commonly referred to as cardio) exercises every day.

It’s easy to make excuses to avoid getting out and taking your dog for a walk. Classic ones include: you’re too tired, the weather is bad, you have to make dinner, etc. We get it. Life is busy, but you have to make time for exercise. Not only are you cheating your dog out of much needed exercise, you’re also cheating yourself! Plan a dog walking schedule the same way you would plan a gym routine. This will give you and your family something to be accountable to.

You should plan to do at least 30 to 60 minutes of cardio exercise with your dog every day1. Why should your dog be doing cardio? Here is a great list of reasons:

  • Helps to reduce or eliminate the common behavior problems listed above, such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity
  • Helps to keep dogs healthy, agile and limber
  • Helps to reduce digestive problems and constipation
  • Helps timid or fearful dogs build confidence and trust
  • Helps dogs feel sleepy, rather than restless, at bedtime or when you’re relaxing
  • Helps to keep dogs’ weight under control2

For humans, cardio helps with a lot of the same things: heart health, general health, sleep, reducing stress, and more3.

Have fun getting out there and doing cardio with your fur baby!

Do you have any questions about your pet’s health? Reach out to our Panel of Experts today to get answers.


  1. Exercising with Your Dog 101,
  2. Exercise for Dogs,
  3. Why You Need Cardio Exercise,
  4. Daily Dog Exercise Needs,

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