A super-slimmer who lost an incredible seven and a half stone by exercising with her dogs has joined exercise instructor Mr Motivator to encourage other pet owners to get fit.
The video above shows Karen Colls, who, after a car accident in 2002, piled on the weight because of her medication and her inability to exercise.
Watch the clip to also see Mr Motivator share his tips for how to get fit with your pet and to see me trying to get fit with an adorable dog called Lily.
“Before the car accident, I was very very active and into extreme sports, then suddenly I couldn’t do anything,” 37-year-old Karen from Leamington Spa toldBT.com.
But after undergoing surgery where doctors burnt away eight nerves on her lower spine, she has been able to exercise without pain and has dropped from 19 stone 4lb to 12 stone 6lb by working out with her four Border Collies.
The project manager for the NHS has dropped from a size 20 to a size 12, and lost 40 inches from her body in just a year by walking and running with her dogs as part of the Kennel Club’s free Get Fit With Fido campaign.
The dogs – Snoop, Dre, Holly and Flash – also take part in agility classes twice a week for their own wellbeing.
“It is an excellent campaign, it gets people out walking dogs, less weight and get fit but not just themselves but also their dog,” the former lifeguard added.
“I feel healthier, fitter and happier and the side effect is losing weight.”
GMTV legend and exercise instructor Mr Motivator joined Karen – winner of Get Fit With Fido 2014 – to launch the 2015 campaign on Wednesday.
“It is so inspirational to meet a woman who has essentially lost the weight of another human in just 12 months,” the agile 62-year-old, aka Derrick Evans, said.
“Working out with your dog is companionship, it is a good bonding time,” Derrick, who has five Rottweilers, added.
“A dog is a great exercise buddy. Make sure you look after your buddy.”
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The usually spandex-clad television personality worked out with dog owners and their pets, as well as revealing to BT his top exercise tips, at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Edmonton, North London.
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The Kennel Club’s Get Fit With Fido campaign was developed to tackle the growing problem of obesity in humans and dogs and each year one participant is named Slimmer of the Year.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “As the statistics show, the growing obesity epidemic needs to be tackled, and both dogs and owners need to improve their fitness.
“Get Fit With Fido was set up to inspire dog owners to find new and different ways to get fit with their dog.
“Walking your dog or taking up dog sports like agility can really help improve fitness and today’s launch showed dog owners how much fun it can be to get fit with your canine companion.”
Recent research by the Kennel Club found that television presenter Davina McCall was the fitness inspiration for almost 50% of dog owners and also Clare Balding, who has recently lost weight walking her dog.
For more information and for free ideas and information about exciting activities, exercises and walks that dog and owner can enjoy together visit Get Fit With Fido.