Personal trainer? Naw, get a pet!

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A snack, then a walk for my canine family. (William is of the human variety.)

Sixty seven percent of people surveyed feel that having a pet is better for long-term health than having a personal trainer.  I agree, and since I can’t afford both, you KNOW which I’m going with.

Studies show that if you have a dog, you’re up to seven percent more likely to exercise.

Plus pet owners tend to have fewer medical problems, including lower risk of heart disease and high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Research shows that a dog is more than companion and cute addition to photo opps. Fido is actually Nature’s perfect “personal trainer” – loyal, hardworking, energetic, and enthusiastic. And unlike a human exercise buddy who may skip an exercise session because of appointments, extra chores, or bad weather – Fido never has an excuse for forgetting to exercise.

According to the Humane Society, 4 in every 10 homes have their own “canine personal trainer” on staff. Dog owners tend to get more exercise than non-owners. Data from the California Health Interview Survey were published in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. They found that dog owners were 60 percent more likely to walk for leisure than people who didn’t own dogs. Dog owners in this survey walked almost 20 minutes more each week than people without dogs.

A Canadian survey published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in February 2006 reported than Canadian dog owners walked an average of 300 minutes each week compared with 170 minutes for people without dogs.

4 thoughts on “Personal trainer? Naw, get a pet!

  1. I know this to be hard evidence. I have a new dog, 1-1/2 years old, and now I’m walking morning and evening, about 15 minutes each time, just to get the little stinker to “do his business”. For some reason, he doesn’t like doing it in the back yard. I’ve actually lost a couple of pounds since I got him about a a month and a half ago. Yay…good for me….

  2. Great post, one of the most informative posts on this subject online actuallly. The sole purpose of a child’s middle name, is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.

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