A fitness program for you & your dog, plus bonus app!

Several weeks ago we featured the team at Barx Active and their innovative fitness sessions for you and your dog. We had such an amazing response to that article that Barx Active have shared with us some of their exercise routines so you can do them anywhere and anytime with your dog. In addition to that we are excited to let you know Barx Active now have a smart phone app (see below) so you can literally take these exercises with you to the park!

From Karen of Barx Active:

We all know that active dogs are happy dogs, but don’t forget that active owners are happy owners too! At Barx Active, we love exercises that challenge both you and your dog, so we have created an exercise program that you and your pooch can do together at your local park. You’ll both be fitter and healthier for it, but more importantly, this shared activity will nurture and grow the special bond that you share.

Where:

This program is designed to be performed in a large, flat, open grassed area. Make sure it is dog friendly of course, and observe leash usage guidelines. The program can be adapted to a backyard if required.

What to bring:

  • A mat (e.g. yoga mat, even a towel).
  • A pair of dumbbells (start with 2kg, you can even use tinned veggies!).
  • Markers (these are small cones to mark points on the ground – often you can use trees, twigs, rocks or other landmarks).
  • A leash, treats and poo bags for your dog.
  • Drinking water for you and your dog.

Warm Up:

Warm up time is 2 minutes.
Jog with your dog on your left hand side in a lap or lap/s around your area. Use a comfortable pace.

Main Workout:

Punch and Shuttle x 5:

Squat weaves x 10:

Reverse suicides x 3:

Punch and shuttle x 5:

Squat weaves x 10:

Figure eights x 6:

Sit Ups:

  • 10 slow
  • 10 fast
  • 20 pulses at highest point
  • 20 alternating sit up with a twist

Cool Down:

Take a slow walk around the park and make sure you thank your dog for working out with you with pats, cuddles and a special treat!

Remember, the more times you practice this program, the better you both will get!

Launch of the Barx Active App

This is the ultimate app to keep you active with your dog by your side! It’s the easiest way to remember your fitness program when you’re out at the park with your pooch.

The Barx Active App will allow you to:

  • Access dog inclusive fitness programs
  • Watch videos of Barxercise drills
  • Book in for Barxercise, Barx Hikes and Barx PT sessions
  • Access discount vouchers for Barx Events and more!

Barx Active App

Just head to your App Store (Google Play and Apple iTunes App stores), and search for “Barx Active”. Your feedback, comments and thoughts are much appreciated.

More about Barx Active

Barx Active is a dog inclusive health and fitness community, committed to helping you to live an active life with your dog by your side. Barx Active was developed by Physiotherapists and dog lovers Dan and Karen Uden who longed to include their handsome border collie cross — Tux — into all of their adventures. Karen and Dan found that the fitness industry catered to humans and the canine industry catered to dogs, but that no community simultaneously met the needs of both. So they created it. Barx Active nurtures the bond between a human and their best friend, through dog inclusive fitness sessions, hikes and events.

Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller is a blogger, digital strategist, business coach, zoologist and crazy dog-lady! Lisa lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband, two kids, two dogs and two cats. That equates to a lot of fun and vacuuming. Her dog’s names are Cresswell and Edwina (or Cress and Eddie).