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Is Walking The Dog Effective Exercise?

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Not everyone is the gym type, but everyone should still be exercising.

Nobody knows this better than Jennifer Cohen, author of No Gym Required, who has made a living off of staying fit without spending money on a pricey gym membership.

A FitPerez reader named Heather admits she isn't a "work-out type of girl", but loves to walk her dog, so she asked:

"I am not really a work-out type of girl. I have a black lab and usually just walk him a lot. Whats the best way to get the most out of my walks with him, if anything?"

According to Jennifer:

Walking is GREAT exercise, keep it up! Here are some tips to get more out of it; -At the beginning of your walks, do 10 push-ups. If you're in a park, use the pull-up bars halfway through the walk.

-Walk in a hilly area as often as possible; going up and down works different muscles in your legs.
-Bring a rockin playlist; music has been proven to keep you going faster and longer during exercise.
-Play fetch with your lab, but run alongside him after you throw the ball. You'll both get a workout from the sprints, and he'll love having someone to play with!
-Use wrist and ankle weights, or NGR shoes, to burn up to 50% more calories than you would burn only walking.

Got any more questions? Feel free to tweet them @JenCohenNGR and don't forget to keep checking FitPerez.com for more great Q&A's from some of the best trainers working in Hollywood today!

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