Too often people make excuses about not being able to work out because “I don’t have time”, when in reality it isn’t that you don’t have time but rather that you choose to not spend time on exercise. Well this 5 minute session, which requires no equipment, will give your entire body a quick workout and can be done no matter what your fitness level and at a time convenient for you! Plus your pooch can practice their obedience at the same time! As you will be moving throughout the routine it may be more challenging for your dog to remain in a sit or a down, so remember to be patient, have some treats handy and reward small improvements to reinforce good behaviour! You can also include multiple cues for your dog to practice depending on how you choose to do the 5 minute workout, so it is very flexible and can work for everyone!
The routine starts with 5 single leg lunges to work your glutes, legs and balance, then moves to 5 side knee/elbow touches to work the oblique abs. From there, more work for the glutes and legs with 5 squats, followed by 5 push ups to get the arms, core and chest muscles activated, then finishing up with 5 mountain climbers to work the abdominals and cardiovascular system.
If you are in good shape, repeat the entire routine for 5 minutes as fast as you can while maintaining good form with no rest. If you are just starting out, you may want to reduce the number of repetitions of each exercise and/or do one repetition, rest for 30 seconds, then repeat until you reach fatigue or 5 minutes, whichever comes first. Other alternatives are to do women’s push ups and low impact mountain climbers….the main thing here is to get active to whatever degree you are able to! As you get stronger try to reduce the length of the rest period, then increase the number of repetitions of each exercise until you are doing the whole routine for the entire 5 minutes!
So no more excuses…make the right choice and commit 5 minutes a day to your fitness and your pooch’s obedience – you’ll be glad you did!