Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I have heard people say that they can't work out at home because they have pets. I have two dogs and two cats and they love it when I roll out the yoga mat. They know that means I will be getting down on the floor with them. Yes, their attention when I'm trying to do crunches can be annoying, but it's also a welcome distraction. It's hard to be upset when your dog steps on your chest to pin you down to lick the sweat from your brow. I laughed so hard when she did that, I felt it in my abs as much as the core work I intended to do. They also make the moves seem a bit more real to me. I know exercises are designed to target, but they aren't truly representative of how you'd use that muscle in the real world. If you're doing lunges over and around the dogs playing, that's more of a real world maneuver.
If you're using the presence of animals in your house as an excuse to avoid being active, you are just avoiding being active. It's not really because of the animals. You could just as easily use them as your excuse to be more active. I have rarely met a dog that didn't want to go on more and longer walks.