Your Four-Legged Training Partner

Training with a partner keeps you motivated and focused on a goal. Unfortunately, there's not a lot you can do to keep your training partner motivated about showing up. Unless he or she is a dog. Fido is always up for a walk, no matter what. That's encouraging because research published in the journal Obesity found that dog owners typically lost 11 pounds on average each year which amounts to about 4.7% body fat.

The Bigger Picture: To get the most out of walking your dog, step up and down from curbs a lot, plan rolling routes with plenty of hills and valleys, and maintain a pace that makes you work at a conversation. If you can sing along with your iPod, you need to pick up the pace!
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