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Get fit with your dog

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Looking for a partner to help you get fit? What about “Your Best Friend”? Your furry workout buddy will always be ready to exercise when you are and will never cancel on you. Not only will you both get fit, but you will be spending quality time together. Here are some ways that you and your dog can get some exercise:

  1. Take your dog to a local dog park. You can burn calories just by playing with your dog. Play fetch with a ball or Frisbee or play chase with a toy on a rope. A dog park provides a place where your dog can run freely off-leash while you play and exercise. There are 4 free dog parks in the Gainesville, FL area. Most dog parks will have water for both you and your dog. Be sure to clean up after your dog to help keep the park clean.
  2. Join a local pack walk. Not only will you both get exercise, but you will also meet new friends. Some pack walks meet weekly, while others meet monthly. Pack walks can benefit your dog by providing social interactions with other dogs. list pack walks in the calendar of events for the Gainesville, FL area.
  3. Take your dog for a walk in nature. Go for a hike with your furry friend. There are 13 dog friendly trails in the Gainesville, FL area. Dogs must be well-behaved and on a leash. Just remember to bring water for both you and your dog.
  4. Participate in a dog-friendly race. Look for dog-friendly races in your area. You can choose whether you want to run or walk the course with your dog. An additional benefit is that most dog-friendly races benefit local pet charities. Be sure to train with your dog before race day. You can find training programs for you and your dog online. Interested in a dog-friendly 5K or 1 mile walk? You and your pooch can participate in The Continuum 5K-9 on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Check out event calendar for more dog-friendly races.

If you don’t have a dog, you could always volunteer as a dog walker for a local animal rescue or shelter. provides a list of local animal rescues/shelters in the Gainesville, FL area that are looking for volunteer walkers. You and your furry workout buddy will get fit and stay fit while having fun together.

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