Everyone knows that it is important to get exercise every day. However, for many people, especially elderly people, this can be difficult to do. Often motivation is the key factor to get people moving.
A new study shows that people in general, especially seniors, exercise more daily than people who do not own dogs. This is often because dogs have to be walked more than once a day.
What is even more significant is that even in bad weather, people who own dogs get at least 30 minutes more exercise a day than people that do not own dogs.
Owning a pet also helps people in many other ways. Pets tend to help people socially and help prevent mental distress. They relieve loneliness, give people a reason to live, and a sense of acceptance.
By adding physical exercise to this, pets, especially dogs, help keep us healthy. And keep in mind that going for a walk benefits the dog as well.
For an excellent book get a copy of Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound by Dr. Phil Zeltzman.
2 thoughts on “Exercise, a benefit of owning a dog”
This is so true! I am out, rain, snow or shine about an hour and a half daily with the dogs. My Mother walked her dog until she was 87 years old. They do so much for us- physically and emotionally!
You are so right. My dogs have to play every day outside, no matter what the weather. Of course I have to be with them, no matter what the weather!