Playing with your pet can be good for you.
3 WAYS TO EXERCISE WITH YOUR DOG
Put A Fresh Twist On 'Go Fetch'
While your dog retrieves the ball you tossed, challenge yourself to do as many sit-ups or push-ups as possible. Keep going until one of you starts panting.
Monitor Your Movements
Did you know that people who wear a step counter increase their activity by 27 percent? Clip on a pedometer such as the Sportline Tracker ($15; walmart.com), or use an app, like MapMyWalk (free, Android, Apple) when walking together.
Enlist A Walking Buddy
"I walk with my dog, Bella, and a few girlfriends six days a week. While I have lost weight, Bella has gained strength. And if my friends need to take a day off, I know I can rely on Bella to nudge me to get off my backside and out the door." - Melissa Dunn, 48, Monticello, Ill.
3 WAYS TO EXERCISE WITH YOUR CAT
Do Zumba With A Laser Pointer
Burn about 150 calories in 20 minutes exercising to a Zumba DVD, and your cat will love "hunting" the light you're shining as you dance. Just reward her with a treat during cooldown.
Run Around With A Toy
The mouse pictured on the Oré Originals Pounce toy ($10; oreoriginals.com) looks so real it's sure to get your cat off the couch.
Go For A Stroll Together (Seriously!)
"I like to take our year-old cat for walks on a harness, as well as bring her to my son's baseball games. Everyone always stops us because they think it's unusual, but she loves going outside and looking at all the birds." - Laura Ewers, 27, Peoria, Ill.
Sources: Sharon Wirant, ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Services manager and certified applied animal behaviorist; Journal of the American Medical Association