Spring is finally in full swing, and while your pet isn’t concerned about getting that bikini body you’ve been envisioning, there’s great reason for increasing everyone’s level of fitness. The warm weather, gorgeous new blooms, and opportunities for beach-goers are all definite pluses when motivating yourself to come up with some exercise for you and your pet.
There are several options for dog-friendly places and activities for you and your pet this spring. We’re here to help you get started off on the right paw!
The Many Merits of Exercise for You and Your Pet
For us, exercise is needed to decrease the risk of disease, improve mood, maintain a health weight, and to stay connected with others. The same is true for our pets, who also require daily exercise in order to thrive.
By focusing on the needs of your pet, you’ll benefit in many ways. From the health results to social opportunities to trying new things, pets are definitely great motivators to keep us moving.
Of course, we can’t ignore the benefits our pets experience, as well:
- Exercise reduces stress and anxiety in pets and redirects them into activities that are fun, supportive, and that burn excess energy.
- Exercise keeps the heart, lungs, and other organs in good health.
- It helps prevent obesity, one of the most common conditions that impact a pet’s overall wellness and mobility.
- Exercise creates a stronger human-animal bond through actively paying attention to and nurturing the relationship.
- It builds confidence and allows for better socialization.
Dog Friendly Fun
Now that we’ve discussed some of the benefits of exercise for you and your pet, what about some recommendations? There are several places you can take a hike or leisurely stroll with your best canine buddy. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Joe Palaia Park
- Sandy Hook National Recreation Area
- Island Beach State Park
- Holmdel Park
- Manasquan Reservoir
- Weltz Park
- Leon Smock 80 Acre Park
A word to the wise: many beach parks are closed to dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Make sure you check location specific restrictions before heading out for a day by the shore! We also want to note that dog parks, while fun for certain socialized dogs, can also expose pets to disease, parasites, and injuries. Fortunately, getting out and enjoying some physical fitness together can be accomplished without much risk to you or your pet. Just ask us how!
What are some of your favorite dog-friendly forms of exercise or places you love to go with your dog? We’d love to hear about it. Simply comment on our Facebook page or be sure to mention some ideas the next time you visit us.