Are your bad habits affecting your furry best friend? An alarming 41% of Australian dogs are estimated to be overweight, which is why Petbarn’s Biggest Pet Loser Challenge is supporting ten shortlisted contestants and their owners in their effort to battle the bulge with a 12-week fitness journey with help from Greencross Vets and celebrity trainer, Sam Wood.

Follow the contestant’s journeys with us across Facebook and Instagram to motivate you to reach your own health goals.

We’ve also excited to share with you some great tips from Sam Wood on how to keep you and your pet healthy and happy.

  1. Weight Control
    Walking for at least 30 minutes a day helps with weight control for both you and your dog.
  2. Stress Management
    Who can stay stressed when they’re with their furry friend? Getting outdoors with your dog is great for your mental wellbeing and mood and regular exercises reduces stress and anxiety for both pet and owner. Studies have shown that just being around animals can also lower stress levels in humans.
  3. Increased cardiovascular fitness and reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
    Brisk walking is great for your cardiovascular fitness and can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. If that doesn’t encourage you to get walking, I don’t know what will!
  4. Turn your walk into an epic workout
    It’s true that walking is relatively low-impact but that doesn’t mean you can’t step things up a notch. Walk for longer, walk faster, add resistance (ankle weights) or add in some hills to give you and your dog a bit of a challenge whilst simultaneously burning calories and giving you and your furry friend a great workout. Squats, lunges, burpees and step-ups on a park bench are some of my go-to moves when I want to take my walk to the next level.
  5. Make it fun for the whole family

Over the weekend dog walking becomes a family affair. Why not walk down to the local park for a picnic or kick of the footy to make it a fun day out for the whole family, including your four-legged friend.


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