Posted by Carole
I have two secret weapons when it comes to staying active: Pucci and Coco. Pucci is my two-year-old Pug and Coco, my one-year-old Boston Terrier. These two girls are the best fitness buddies I could have. They need to go out every morning, so that has become our run/walk time. We do a 2.5-mile loop around the neighborhood that jumpstarts my day and theirs. On the weekends, Pucci and Coco are the perfect hiking companions. We tackle Fryman Canyon in Los Angeles early before it gets too hot, because Pugs and Bostons tend to overheat easily... and so do I! The hour-long hike is great exercise for all of us, plus they get to visit (read: sniff butts) with a lot of other dogs.
The three of us also like to take the entire family to the beach, although there are few dog-friendly beaches near us. The shot below is from a recent trip to Santa Barbara's Arroyo Burro Beach, which has an off-leash area where we can all run around freely.
I credit Pucci and Coco with keeping my fitness plans on track, given my hectic schedule. It's easy to come up with an excuse for ME not to exercise, but there's no excuse for not taking care of them!