Walking a big dog? Do Senior Bosu Balance Exercises!
Learn an exercise to train to Walk Your Dog for lifestyle specific training.
Senior Bosu balance exercises are a priority in exercise selection and learning how to train for dog walking, just like sport-specific training is for athletes. Take specific daily life tasks such as dog walking, for example. Walking a dog is definitely an active lifestyle choice for many people. Like any activity, there are varying degrees of difficulty that present a conditioning effect for the participant (and for the dog!).
You need to be reasonably fit to walk a large dog.
Recently, I hosted an older woman in my fitness retreat residence for a 3-week functional strength program where we practiced Senior Bosu balance excercises. As a slim and slightly built woman, she didn’t expect the exercise program to begin with a focus on core activation. She was happy with her weight but lacked the strength to walk her dog without fear of falling. Although she had lived a fit lifestyle most of her life, she had been recently sedentary.
Her Labrador retriever was only 2 years old and would abruptly pull in random directions. The goal of being able to walk the dog twice daily without fear of falling was her primary concern. Volumes of available literature endorse the idea of getting a house dog for an older adult to avoid the pitfalls of living alone in a sedentary lifestyle. True, a dog is a great motivation in getting out for daily exercise. The dog is eager to do so even when the owner is reluctant. However, an older adult needs to be reasonably fit in order to handle a large, strong dog such as a Labrador retriever.