HAS your New Year’s resolution to get fit already gone to the dogs? Well, a Central Coast personal trainer has come up with an innovative way to use man’s best friend to get people’s exercise regimen back on track and hopefully find a “fur-ever” home for stray or abandoned dogs.
Jason Siebert, of Terrigal, is the man behind “Rescue Your Fitness” – a new exercise trend in which people take a dog from their local pound out for a run.
“The concept is simple,” the 31-year-old said.
“We need to exercise, dogs need to exercise, so we can do it together. It’s a win-win, people get active and the dogs get the socialisation they need to be rehomed.”
Sadly, he said, most dogs rarely get taken out of their cages at many animal shelters because of a lack of staff.
“There’s also a lack of awareness that many pounds do allow people to volunteer to take the dogs out,” he said.
Mr Siebert is working with Gosford Dog Paws at Erina but hopes to get pounds across the Central Coast on board.
Managed on behalf of Gosford Council, the pound is a no-kill facility meaning all dogs suitable for adoption are kept for as long as it takes.
He said after they run, people were encouraged to take a selfie with their rescue dog and post it on social media in the hope of finding it a home.
Battle Fit Australia owner and emerging Instagram celebrity Andrew Pap, of Terrigal, goes every Friday and after posting photographs to his 75,000 followers, two dogs have since found homes.
“I started targeting trainers because if you get them involved, people are generally motivated by their trainer,” Mr Siebert said.
On Sunday Mr Siebert led the inaugural Rescue Your Fitness “pack run” from Gosford Dog Paws to Hylton Moore Park at East Gosford attracting more than 50 people.
“The whole idea was to take a bunch of photos and saturate social media and, with all this, the end goal is adoption,” Mr Siebert said.
“Everyone who’s done it, loves it.”