Researchers found; Dog owners have a more healthy life than others.
Did you know your pet dog help you to live a healthy life? According to research, done with West Cheshire’s community of Dog owners, have been found that they have to be four times more likely to meet weekly exercise targets than other people.
Two-thirds of dog owners manage to get the advised two-and-a-half hours of exercise each week just by walking their dog. Almost nine in 10 people with pooches meet the target overall – but this drops to just 60% among people without the pets.
Researchers from the University of Liverpool studied nearly 700 people including dog owners, people without dogs, and children. They found 87.3% of people with dogs exercised for 150 minutes per week. This compared to 62.7% of those without a canine pet.
Dog owners walked more often!
Dog owners walked more often and for longer periods than other pet owners. The researchers said, ‘Our findings give help for the role of pet dogs in improving and keeping positive health habits such as walking,’. ‘Without dogs, it is likely that population physical activity levels would be much lower.’
191 dog owners, 455 people without a dog and 46 children contribute their support to the research. Dog owners walked with their pets for a median average of seven times and 220 minutes per week, the study found. They were more likely to report jogging or running without their pet than non-dog owners, but less likely to take part in yoga or pilates.
Even you didn’t concern ‘Your pet dogs play an important role in keeping you healthy and this should be recognised and facilitated,’ the researchers said.
‘However, this should not get as a recommendation for people to go out and get a dog essentially for their own benefit.
Just take this as an inspiration. Do more exercises and live healthily!
And if you are a dog owner you already had your daily exercises without your concern!