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You may figure skate at competition level or like to partake in the sport for the beauty and fitness of it. Either way, we are guessing that you don’t have your furry best buddy on the ice with you when you are practicing your triple axel or salchow. That doesn’t mean that you cannot combine your love of the sport and your adoration of your dog! An athlete needs to continuously work to keep fit - and a dog needs to have physical stimulation in their life to be happy and content. Try these activities with your dog so that you can both put your best foot forward at all times - on and off the ice!
Part of a figure skater’s fitness regimen involves working on balance. An ability to hold your form no matter what move you are performing on the ice is key to a graceful skate. Involve your dog as you work towards fine tuning your balance. The strengthening of both your dog’s and your stabilizer muscles can be initiated by a fun daily or even weekly regimen. You will need to purchase a balance board and disc but the equipment will do double duty as both you and your dog can use it. These exercises can be performed either indoors or outside so invite your pup for a session of bonding and fitness!
Involve your best bud in your fitness fun to increase core strength, leg strength, balance and more. A fit dog means that you can include them when going on hikes, beach runs and long walks. Not only does your pup get to spend tons of time with you, you will both feel healthier, happier and on top of your game!