Dogs are great companions. They can be a handful sometimes, but they give you a lot back in return. If you’ve always wanted a dog, but just couldn’t get the motivation to find your perfect companion or if you are a child and living with your parents trying to convince them that they should get a dog, then I have some great news (especially for the kids, parents always need that extra little bit of convincing).
Research conducted by the University of Missouri found a significant increase in the improvement of fitness in people who walk dogs. For any kids that are reading that means you can either tell your mom or dad that they’ll become healthier, or you may tell them that you will be getting more exercise when you walk the dog (even though this is probably a lie because I know all kids say, “Oh, but mom and dad, I’ll take care of the dog.”
The University research showed that out of the 54 adults that participated in the study, those that walked dogs were more likely to exercise on a regular basis, while those that chose to walk with a human companion were significantly more likely to make up various excuses to get out of their walks.
Additionally, the overall walking speed of people that walked dogs increased an astounding 28%! Not only are people with dogs exercising more regularly, it appears that they are exercising more efficiently too.
Furthermore, if you find that you just don’t have the time for a dog (they’re require a lot of love and attention) there are other ways you can help. If you love dogs, but are unable to get your own due to either financial or time constraints there is always the animal shelters. If you get some spare time somewhere in your schedule you could drive, or bus down to your local animal shelter and volunteer to walk a dog. You get the exercise you need and you feel great about helping out.
There you have it, another great reason why animal companions, in this case dogs, are so important.
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