Get Fit with Your Dog, with Interval Training

 

High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, has been big news in the fitness industry for a few years now. It focuses on the principle that short bursts of intense exercise alternated with periods of rest or low intensity exercises boosts cardiovascular health, weight loss and fitness levels better than traditional cardio exercise.

 

A typical HIIT workout may be 60 seconds of sprinting followed by 30 seconds of power walking for a total of 15 minutes. Though the workouts are far from easy due to their intense nature they are easy workouts to squeeze into a day as they are short and don’t take up too much time.

 

The benefits of this way of exercising have been well documented for humans and people are now recognizing that high intensity interval training is also a wonderful way to keep dogs fit, healthy and full of stamina.

 

Start Gently

 

If you would like to start HIIT with your dog then it is important to begin with gentle sessions, particularly if your dog isn’t used to getting a lot of exercise. The best way to do this is to make the bursts of intensity shorter, say 10 seconds, and the rest periods longer, for example 40 seconds. As you complete more HIIT sessions you will be able to alter the ratios so that eventually the intense periods are longer and the rests are shorter.

 

Don’t Overdo It

 

Just like someone who works out at a gym, it is important to let your dog have rest days to recover from the intense exercise. Rest days are just as important as workout days as they let the muscles build and recover. Start with one HIIT session a week and build up to two or three per week.

 

Keep it Short

 

The great thing about HIIT is that it doesn’t take much time to complete a workout. Keep the sessions short, around 10 minutes is enough, and remember to warm up and cool down with some walking or tug games first.

 

Make it Fun

 

You don’t have to stick to running and walking for your HIIT session. Choose activities your dog will love. If they love chasing balls then throw a ball up a steep incline for them for a minute, then walk them for 30 seconds and repeat. Get creative!

 

If you would like to improve your own and your dog’s fitness levels then high intensity interval training is a must.

 

By | 2016-10-17T02:27:23+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Pet Health|5 Comments

About the Author:

Joy Jewell partnered with Snooty Pets in September 2016 to create blog posts all about living a dog friendly life to the fullest. Joy first started her writing career in 2006 and spent nine years creating content for the fashion and beauty industries. It wasn’t until she brought her first dog home, a naughty Airedale Terrier puppy called Bruce, that she found her true path – working in the world of dogs. Joy has now left fashion and beauty behind her to write about canines and dog friendly living, from training tips and canine diet advice to home decor for dog lovers and heartwarming pet stories. Joy has been shortlisted for a blog award by Cosmopolitan Magazine UK and written dog based content for numerous publications and websites including Metro.co.uk, Shepped, Blogosphere Magazine and The Huffington Post. Since shifting her career to dog writing Joy has never looked back. She is convinced that she has one of the best jobs in the world. All thanks to a terrier called Bruce and a love of our four legged friends.

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