13 ways to exercise with your dog

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  • Dogs can be the perfect workout buddies for humans
  • Running, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking can all be pup friendly

(CNN)Dogs make the best workout buddies. They never complain about hills, or cancel on you last-minute. And they're always stoked to follow you out the door. That energy can be contagious: research from Michigan State University found that canine owners were 34% more likely to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week than folks who didn't have a dog. Even if you're just taking your pup for a walk, that counts. (Move at a brisk clip and you can burn as many as 170 calories in half an hour.) But there are lots of other activities you and Fido can do together -- all while strengthening your bond.

Check out these fun ways to get fit with your furry pal.

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