Pets Are Good For Your Health
Pets make wonderful companions. And the create compassion in us humans, as we realize their sweet vulnerabilities. We care for them and we love them as family.
Pets Give Back
But did you know? Pets can also help to boost morale, reduce depression, and be a source of physical comfort. But pets are SO much more than just epic friends; they’re also great workout buddies!
Pets Keep You Fit
In addition to emotional support, pets keep you moving!
No, it’s not crazy to think that pets can help you get more exercise. Here are a few ways it’s possible:
Walking Your Dog Who Walks You
Walking — Studies have shown that dog owners walk nearly twice as much every week as people without pets. That’s a lot of calories burned just because you had to take Fido out of the house! The more you walk, the less time you spend on your couch and the faster your metabolism burns those calories you ate!
Take Your Dog For A Run
Running/Jogging — When you set your own running or jogging pace, you burn a steady number of calories. But if you have to run to keep up with your dog when it races ahead, you’ll burn a lot more! Training with your pet can be a great replacement for an expensive gym membership-it will help you save some money while keeping you in great shape!
Biking With Your Dog
Cycling — Most dogs will love to run alongside you as you cycle, and you can help your dog get its ya-ya’s out by taking it for a bike ride!
Take A Hike With Your Pooch
Hiking — Dogs aren’t just great when you go walking, but they can make hiking a whole lot more fun. Plus, they can carry supplies (food and water), and they’ll even come in handy in case of an emergency!
Throw Those Skate On
Rollerblading — Rollerblading around town is a great way to commute, but it’s also a wonderful cardio workout! Taking your pet with you can actually make getting around easier. After all, the dog can pull you when you’re feeling tired.
The Non Workout
Even if you don’t work out with your pet, the truth is that you are naturally going to get more exercise just because you own a dog (cats are more sedentary). The dog is going to be eternally begging to get out of the house, to go on a walk, and to play. Pet owners that want to have happy pets will make an effort to play with their pets or take them out, and that gets your butt off the couch.
A study conducted in Australia discovered that pet owners did up to 77% more exercise than people who didn’t own pets. That’s A LOT of exercise that you would never have done had you not had an animal begging for you to take them out of the house.
Your pet isn’t just going to be the thing getting you off your butt, but they make great exercise companions. They will walk and run alongside you, serving as a silent workout partner that will help to keep you accountable for getting in a proper workout. Plus, they are great for social support, and they may even help you to make new friends and meet new people!
Consider how you can do more exercise along with your pet. Maybe there are dog parks in your area that you can visit (check out this Dog Park Finder app…), or you can hit the trails around your city. Find places where you can take your dog for a walk, and you’ll be forcing yourself to burn more calories while keeping your pet happy!