Heart health linked to owning a dog, science explains

APR 01, 2020 AT 12:29 PM

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Therefore, scientists involved in this study can explain these health benefits based on the fact that dog owners are more physically active than people who have other pets or no pets at all. If you have a doggo, there’s a good chance you’re most likely walking him or her yourself, rain or shine, and being more physically active than those that don’t have a dog, without even realizing it.

 

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Earlier studies have also proven that dog owners who regularly walk their pets are 34% more likely to reach the necessary level of daily physical activity.  What’s even more exciting is that researchers have found walking a dog is not just an exercise substitute for other physical activities. Those of us who have dogs as pets tend to have more moderate and vigorous physical activities in our lives, daily, than other people.  These include sports, dancing, and gardening in addition to spending time with your pup.