Science Finds Dog Owners Are More Active In General


If you're looking for a pet, there are definitely some things you need to consider before deciding on which type of pet it right for you. And there are so many to choose from! You could be a fish person or a bird person. You could have a lizard of some sort. Maybe you fancy yourself a rodent person - rats and guinea pigs make great pets! Or, you can choose between the two powerhouse of the pet world: cats and dogs. Now, we have both, and we love both. But they're each definitely better suited for some people! For example, if you like your space, are looking for something a little low maintenance, and enjoy being made to feel like you are unworthy, then you're a cat person (not all cats, we know, we know). Dogs, in our opinion, are suited for EVERYONE, but according to actual scientific research, they are really great companions for people who live an active lifestyle. And even if you don't live an active lifestyle, you probably will after you get a dog.

Considering you have to, you know, walk your dog, it's no surprise that dog owners are more active. But a new study suggests that it goes beyond the dog-walking! Researchers at the University of Liverpool have found that people who have dogs are more likely to meet their daily recommended activity guidelines than other pet owners. In the UK, the NHS guidelines recommend adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity every week.

Researchers looked at 385 households in West Cheshire - 191 adults who owned dogs, 455 non-dog owners, and 46 kids. They found that the adults who owned dogs took longer, more frequent walks than non-dig owners, and that the requisite dog walking is actually done IN ADDITION to other physical activity.

If you have a dog, then you're probably nodding along while reading this right now. Because dog owners know: those lovable little pooches have a lot of energy, and a short walk a couple of times a day isn't going to cut it! So dog owners end up being more physically active, and in turn, healthier. Just another reason to love dogs!

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