Do you go to the gym? No, we mean, honestly? Sometimes the thought of getting up and heading out to work out is just a drag. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can stay fit at home, from doing stretches and simple exercising, to jogging around the block a couple more times. Even better, we already have the best workout buddy right here at home: our cat.
Sure to some extent we're just being silly, but there's nothing silly about staying fit both for you and your cat. Cat and human obesity are both at an all-time high, and besides eating and living healthy, the best thing we can do for both is to exercise. Cats need to work out as much as we do, and even more so -- cat bodies are built for activity, not perpetual catnaps and endless meals. That's why many experts, vets, and, yep, even Tabby James encourage making play time a part of your routine and encouraging your cat to stay active in other ways (hint: catnip is one great way of achieving this).
How great would it be if you could combine the two workout sessions into one kitty-friendly exercise routine? We found a couple of great (and some silly) ideas for including your cat in your daily workout session. Check them out below -- and then share photos of your kitty-led workout with us on Instagram!
5 ways to exercise with your cat
We'll pause here to mention a disclaimer that should go without saying: never do anything your cat isn't comfortable with! All these exercises should be just as enjoyable for your cat as they are for you. You should also be aware of your own limitations: be responsible and stay safe. Now that that's out of the way, here are some fun ways to work out both human and kitty:
1. Use your cat for extra weight
If your cat enjoys being held, you can use him as a weight for exercises like lunges and squats. Just hold him in a comfortable position while you work out. This only benefits the human side of the workout though, so try a variation by having your cat sit on your back while you do push-ups or planks. You'll get stronger arms and abs while your cat gets to work on his balance!
2. Attach a cat toy to your dumbbells
If you use weights at home, you can add an element of cat by tying a string or another long dangling toy to your dumbbells. Lifting the weights moves the toy and both cat and human get a simultaneous workout.
3. Run with your cat
Cats love chasing after things, and we usually exploit that by sitting down in one spot and moving their toy around for them to chase. Instead of doing this, stand up and run around with your cat: run in one direction while dragging a chasing toy behind you, and your cat will chase after you. Cardio!
4. Hold a laser light while you work out
You can include your cat in your workout by simply holding onto a laser light while you go through your routine. As you move around, your cat can enjoy trying to catch that elusive dot.
5. (Outdoor cats only) Climb a tree
If your cat is an outdoor cat, head outside with her and do something you probably haven't done since you were a kid: climb a tree. Cats are excellent climbers and your cat might join you on your adventure. If she doesn't, there are plenty of other ways to exercise outdoors, with more space to run around and fresh air. Bring a yoga mat outside and do some stretches with your kitty nearby. Just don't expect her to join you for a downward facing dog.
Is your cat your workout buddy?