All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.
You could be heading straight off the overtraining cliff if you don’t have a reality check and let your body heal every once in awhile. Keep these workouts stress free and fun. Stay active, but just don’t push yourself.
A few suggestions to try out:
Swim 20 minutes
Cycle 30 minutes
Run 15 minutes with your dog
At Spartan HQ you will see us training with dogs all the time. When working your dog into your fitness routine here are a few things to consider:
- Be regimented. Give your dog the best chance at success. For him, that will require regular practice. You the owner must commit to this process. This means daily work.
- Keep your dog on a tight leash on your left side. As you are running against traffic (as you always should), you can keep yourself between your dog and cars. Start on light traffic roads. Stick to trails if you can. Do more time each day – gradual exposure to the noise and commotion of cars is needed.
- Encourage your dog and praise your dog when it is focused on running. Keep a sense of mission present at all times. (You may find yourself thriving off this spirit, too. Be the leader of the pack. Dogs understand why you are running – it’s natural for them.)
- Be patient with your dog. Just because you’ve had this idea to exercise a certain way at a certain time doesn’t mean your dog is completely on your same page right of the bat.
- Keep your dog hydrated. Before a workout bring him to his water dish. (Use this as opportunity to drink a glass of water yourself!)