So its official. You're now 4 months into that new years resolution to get in shape and your momentum is starting to slow. Don't worry, everyone else is starting to slow also. This may partly be due to the monotony of going to the gym, doing the same old routine. Lets face it, staring at that tv screen while jogging on that stationary treadmill going nowhere isn't very appealing.
Running outdoors is another option. But running alone can also be a bit boring. Having a running partner can give you the motivation to get out everyday and knock that workout out. Now if you could only find that perfect running buddy that will always be on time, ready and willing without any excuses and have a huge smile on their face every time you even hint the idea of going for a jog. You guessed it, it's not your neighbor. It's your dog, or your soon to be dog.
Dogs are, with out a doubt, the best running partners on the planet! They will run anywhere, anytime and just about any distance you plan to go. They let you set the pace, choose the route and will hang with you rain or shine. This is probably more then I can say about your buddy next door.
Dogs are built for running. Running gives dogs a sense of purpose. Most breeds want to work on a daily basis and without a daily exercise routine, they will find other ways to stimulate this need. Such as excessive barking, destructive behavior etc. So, not only is this daily routine going to aid you in accomplishing your fitness goals, it is also extremely beneficial for you dog. Both physically and mentally. Sort of a win-win for all those involved.
Now, if you don't already have a running dog, or you're wondering if your dog is a good candidate for daily running. Here is a list of the more suitable breeds for long distance running:
American Stafford-shire Terrier
Australian Cattle Dog
Jack Russell Terriers
Rhodesian Ridge back
This isn't an absolute list be any means. But, it is s good start to determining a breed to fit
your daily routine. Of course, you need to consider a breed that will fit in well with the rest of your life. Not, just as an exercise partner, so choose wisely.