Dog Walking Does a Body Good

March 30, 2011

Getting some fresh air with your pooch can help keep the pounds off. A new study shows that dog owners are 34% more likely to meet the minimum recommended amount of exercise per week.  The study’s writer suggested that walking the dog may provide dog owners with motivation to get moving even when they might not feel like exercising themselves. Man’s best friend is helping many people maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

In all, dog owners are 69% more likely to spend leisure time in doing physical activity. From the approximate one-third of dog owners who don’t walk their dog, a variety of excuses were given as to why they didn’t spend more time with leash in hand. Some felt that their outdoor dog didn’t need to be walked or that they or their dog was too old to go for long walks. However, these dog owners should keep in mind that walking is just as beneficial to their dog as it is to them. Regular exercise helps to prevent obesity, which can cause many more serious health problems. In America, obesity affects many people and pets too. Walking with your dog for just ten minutes a day can make a huge impact on your overall health and well-being, and you can bet it will make a difference for your dog too!

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