Lifestyle Pets Make Your Pooch Your Exercise Partner Celebrity trainer Michelle Lovitt offers five ways you can stay active with your dog. By People Staff Published on March 5, 2009 06:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Walking your dog may seem like a chore sometimes – especially when it’s bitter cold outside! – but did you ever think that it might actually be good for you and not just your dog? We should all take a tip from Matthew McConaughey, who makes a habit of exercising with his pooch, and get moving with our canines. Celebrity trainer Michelle Lovitt tells Shape magazine five ways you can get active with your dog: * Don’t be a bench warmer at the dog run. Man’s best friend happens to make a perfect exercise partner and likes to do more than just play fetch. * Set up an agility obstacle course with cones and jumps, take a swim at the beach, climb stairs or run bleachers. * If you walk with your furry friend for 30 minutes a day you’ll torch 200-350 calories, and breathing fresh, outdoor air will put an extra bounce in your step. * Being active with your canine companion will improve the quality of life for both of you. With all that fun, you will add years to your lives and friends fur-ever! Check out the latest issue of Shape magazine for more tips. Click here to see more stars with their pets!