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Cancel Gym Membership and Get a Dog!
Research shows that dog owners lead more active lifestyles.
Ginger Peach and I go to Doga class every Saturday morning.

I'll admit it: If it wasn't for my four dogs, I’d likely live a sedentary hermit life and dine exclusively on PBJ sandwiches. Thanks to my pack, I spend at least 10 hours a week out and about in an effort to keep us all conditioned. I also pay more attention to what I eat as I've learned more about how my dogs' diets affect their performance in canine sports.

Studies now show that dog owners tend to get more exercise compared to someone sans canine. This must explain why I even started taking a Doga class with my mix, Ginger Peach. Traditional yoga seemed vaguely interesting but I didn't invest in a yoga mat and find out how to pronounce "namaste" until I found out I could bring my dog to class, too.
What's funny is that I know humans need exercise, too, but when I didn't have dogs, that wasn't enough to motivate me to get out there and run around the neighborhood. Why is it that we'll do things with our dogs that we wouldn’t do without them? Would you be as active if you didn’t have a dog?


Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by Lauren - Dog an... | March 22 2011 |

This is a great article Julia! It is amazing how much a pawed friend can influence your motivation to exercise. Just like how there is a rising number of people battling weight gain, the same is said for our pets. We would love to have you come check our workout class at Dog and I Fit. It is a full body boot camp that is paw friendly on Thursdays from 6-7 at Memorial Park.

Lauren Valinoti
co-founder and creative instructor
dog and i fit

Submitted by Maura | March 23 2011 |

nope! I rescued a chihuahua and lost 20lbs the first 6 months. It lead me to dog sports and rescueing another dog. We are active 7 days a week now and they are the best workout partners ever- very motivating and always full of energy and ready to go go go!

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