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Walk With Your Dog: How To Achieve A Good Aerobic Pace

Posted: 03/10/2012 10:18 am

By Dr. Ernie Ward for Vetstreet.com

Walking for fitness and weight loss is different from simply strolling for pleasure with your dog. To get in a real workout with your four-legged workout buddy, you need to move fast enough to reach the aerobic or “fat-burning” zone but not so fast that you risk injury or enter into the anaerobic or “sugar-burning” zone.

In other words, it all comes down to pacing. To help get you into the right aerobic groove, consider these tips when you're power walking with your pet. Just be sure to have your dog checked out by his vet before embarking on any fitness regimen.

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I typically recommend that owners begin with a brisk walk, and then check the "pee-mail" on the way back. The reason I prefer starting with the "hard" part of the walk is simple: If you allow your dog to sniff everything from the get-go, it will be challenging to get him up to speed.

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Source of Original Article: Canine Power Walking: How to Achieve a Good Aerobic Pace

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