Fit over 50 Update — Are Dogs Owners Healthier?

Dog Owners Get More Exercise

In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write …

Did you know there are lots of benefits of pet ownership? The CDC reports that the bond between people and their pets can (1) increase fitness due to increased exercise, (2) lower stress, perhaps in part due to increased outdoor activities, (3) decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and decrease feelings of loneliness and increase opportunities for socialization.

Fit over 50, page 117

Now a New York Times article report that “dog owners are about four times more likely than other people to meet today’s physical activity guidelines, according to a large-scale new study of dogs and exercise.”

Dog owners spent close to 300 minutes each week walking with their dogs, about 200 more minutes of walking than people without dogs.

The study “involved hundreds of British households,” and “was published in April in Scientific Reports.”

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