Ah, Thanksgiving—what’s not to love?
Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most enjoyed meals of the year, and it’s no wonder. With delectable recipes from turkey to mashed potatoes to pumpkin pie, it’s just a yum-fest all around.
Humans aren’t the only ones who like to chow down on delicious dishes at holiday time. In fact, with healthy Thanksgiving recipes for dogs, this special day is one of good food and celebration for everyone!
But with all of the extra goodies to eat and spending time at home hanging out with family, it’s easy to let the dog walks slide and your exercise regimen, too.
Wag! has put together 10 tips for getting back into shape after Thanksgiving, with your trusty pooch by your side, of course! Burn off your dog’s energy and the extra calories consumed on Turkey Day.
So get started and have a ball with your woofer!
This goes for both you and your canine kid. If you’ve had a few days (or longer) of being sedentary, don’t overwhelm yourself or your doggo with intense exercise first day back in workout mode. Keep it simple and go for a brisk walk. That will get you and your furry companion back in the mood for exercise.
If you are out walking with your dog post-feast, seek out stairs. See a set to climb to get the soccer field? Include them in your walk. Is the local historical monument in town accessible after climbing stairs to get to the top? Put that destination on your list. Stair climbing is not only good for the legs (yours and your pupster’s), but doing so gives a good cardio workout, too.
Drinking lots of water is key to a good fitness program. This is the rule for both dog and pet parent. If you are planning a hike on a wilderness trail, for example, bring along enough water for two. If you or your pup get dehydrated, it will sap your energy and the off-leash adventure will have to come to an end.
If your exercise plan is to take place away from home, prepare your bag the night before. That way, there will be nothing stopping you from heading out the door. Items to pack? Water, snacks, your dog’s leash, poop bags, and extra clothes. Bring along your dog’s jacket in case the weather cools or booties for protection from salty road surfaces. If it’s hot where you are, pack sunscreen and a blanket for spreading out under a shady tree after the exercise is done.