There is absolutely no secret that I have struggled and still struggle with my weight. A few years back I successfully lost over 30 lbs in just a few months. I had the benefit of a flexible schedule and I was still in school, so I was walking everywhere. After transitioning to the work world and life as an “adult”, I successfully managed to gain all that weight back.

For the past year or two, I’ve been fighting off gaining any more weight, but been unsuccessful in getting to where I want to be. One of my biggest obstacles (other than time of course) was the money fancy gym memberships cost. Right out of college I joined a gym and was paying upwards of $150/month just for the membership alone. Then I switched to a boutique Yoga and Spinning Studio, but only saved about $15/month by doing so. I’ve finally found a gym that has everything I need and only sets me back $40/month. But, that’s still $40 a month that I’m paying when I could be doing a lot for free!

How you ask? By exercising with my dogs of course!

Dogs make excellent work out partners. They might get in your way initially or try to lick your face while you are doing push ups, but just take that as a form of encouragement.

Save on Gym Fees. Exercise with Your Dog!

5 Ways Dogs Make the Best Work Out Partners

  • It is always easy to tackle difficult challenges with a friend, especially a furry friend.
  • Your dog will push you to your best because they are always raring to go!
  • They are your biggest cheerleader. There is nothing they want to see more than you happy.
  • Dogs are creatures of habit, so they won’t let you forget to take that walk or run.
  • They aren’t picky about what fitness activities they want to do. They’re up for almost anything including walking, running, swimming, biking, and even yoga.

Save on Gym Fees. Exercise with Your Dog!

Chances are you already know all the health benefits connected with staying active and fit for both you and your dog. And of course the more you move (and the better you both eat), the easier it is to fight off obesity and start seeing some weight loss! But did you know, there are even more benefits?

3 Reasons to Exercise with Your Dog

  • Dogs who are well exercised have less pent up energy, which means you’ll be able to avoid destructive behaviors and hyperactivity. Say goodbye to excessive chewing, jumping, barking, whining, and digging! Plus, fewer chewed shoes or pieces of furniture keeps a few extra bucks in the bank.
  • It will strengthen your bond with your dog. A shared activity and routine will bring you two closer together.
  • Exercise can be a big confidence boost and help build trust for your dog. This is super important for rescue dogs who may have had a less than perfect past or dogs who deal with separation anxiety.

If you think running might be for you and your dog, make sure to consider if your dog is built for running. GoodPetParent.com has an excellent break down on how to tell if you should run with your dog. If it’s the way to go, I highly recommend a hands free leash and My GBGV Life has a great piece on why!

So get out there and exercise with your dog! Start small and by setting a schedule. Going on a long daily walk has significant health benefits alone! I’d recommend trying two days per week at first, then increasing to more. Feel free to fit in your exercise in morning or evening, whichever works best for your schedule.

Fit Foodie 5K in Fairfax, VA - May 21, 2016

If you happen to live in the Washington, D.C. area, you should put your running shoes on and join Luna and I at the Fit Foodie 5K in Fairfax, VA on May 21, 2016. It’s a whole weekend of delicious food and fitness. Plus, the 5K is dog friendly! I’m excited to be an ambassador this year, so the whole gang will be there running (me, Luna, Ralph, and boyfriend)!

If you want to join us, you can save an extra 10% of your ticket with my promo code BEAGLESANDBARGAINS. Be sure to join team Beagles & Bargains. And let us know if you’ll be there!

What is your favorite fitness activity to do with your dog?

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Jessica Shipman

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Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Amanda Yantos

    Gyms scared me. The times I’ve gone it’s all super buff and fit people, which makes me super uncomfortable. I haven’t belonged to a gym in years because I know I won’t go. I’ve had hip and back problems the last few years so I’m limited. We’ve been hiking more and it’s a really great work out. I’m out of shape and I’m starting slow, but I hope to make improvements (plus Wynston needs to lose a pound also).

    • beaglesbargains

      I’m happy with the gym I’ve finally found. It’s a reasonable price and not overly intimidating, but I still much prefer exercising at home or outside! Hiking is the best!

  • Emma

    Great post! Mom doesn’t like gyms or the fees, so we have always been the exercise buddies and the hands free leash for running is one of her favorite tools.

  • Cathy C Bennett

    You go girl! Wish I was there – Jax and I would certainly come, run and support. Don’t forget a f/u post!

  • SGilbert

    I love walking with my dogs! It is good exercise for both Schooner & Skipper along with my husband my myself. We try and take 2 walks a day. Schooner & Skipper exercises with me when I run up and down the stairs, when I am using my weights they pick them up and run off with my 5 pound weights. Great blog.

  • Walking with my dog Valentino is definitely great for us both! The first year after adopting him, I lost 38 pounds!

  • sandy weinstein

    i would rather exercise with my 3 gals, than go to a gym. i used to be a gym rat b4 i got my girls. so i am not only saving money but spending more time with my 3 gals. we run, play fetch, do training, etc while i am getting exercise and they are too.

  • sandy weinstein

    i used to go to the gym, a real gym rat b4 i got my girls, now i feel like i am abandoning them if i go to the gym, we run, u have set up a few obstacle courses, so we all get our exercise. we play ball, frisbee, run, jump, etc. i have also tried to use the yoga balls with my girls for strength building.

  • miss415

    Hello there! I really like your blog. (Full disclosre-I’m a dog walker/ pet sitter). I’m always trying to come up fun activities for different dogs and one of my latest new doggy games I play with an energetic ball freak German Shepherd involves a dog toy called a “Jolley Ball”. They come in different sizes and are indestructable balls. We use a big one and find a tennis court or school yard and I kick or toss the ball while the dog chases it and uses her snout to push the ball back towards me- the ball is too big & hard for her to grasp. They come in soft & hard versions. You can’t kick the hard version because you’d break a toe but if you have a high energy dog, It’s an exhausting workout for both of us. They’re a little pricey but will last forever. (I swear I have no affiliation with them).

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