Monday, January 4, 2010

Core Exercises

Having a strong "core" or torso area is one of the keys to having correct posture and good balance. These three exercises can help you develop a strong "core" area. By performing them with your dog you'll get fit, and your dog will get obedient. To add a cardio component was for 2-3 minutes between sets.

Toe touch – Have your dog “sit” or “down” in front of you. Depending on your dogs reliability, you may want to be closer, or release the leash. You don’t want to get pulled over!! This is a surprisingly difficult exercise, but a great one for total leg strength. In the beginning you may want to use a solid object such as the back of your couch for balance, or not raise your leg so high. As your strength and balance improve don’t use anything for support. Bending forward and keeping your back as straight as you can, reach down and touch near your toes. Complete 10 – 12 reps raising your right leg, complete your 2 -3 minute walk, then complete 10 – 12 reps raising your left leg.

Supermans – Lay on the ground on your stomach. Have your dog lay beside you. Raise your arms and legs several inches off the ground. Tighten your stomach and bum muscles as much as you can. Hold for 20-25 seconds.

Seated sit-ups –Use a sturdy chair. Have your dog “sit” or “down” in front of you. Place your hands behind your head. Gently pull your stomach muscles in as tight as you can, keep your back straight, and move your upper body forward.

Try to complete three sets of each exercise!! Have fun!

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