National Dog Day!
Like any of us with dogs needed an excuse to shower them with extra kisses & treats! Dog parents know the joys of having a canine companion, but did you know there are health benefits too?
According to this article from Huffpost; here are 10 health benefits of dogs:
Improve Heart Health
Studies show that having a dog is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks.
Keep you Fit and Active
Health experts recommend that adults get about 2 hours and 30 minutes worth of moderate exercise per week. Dog owners are more likely to hit that goal.
Help you Lose Weight
Research has found that daily dog walks help you lose weight, since they force you to into moderate physical activity for up to 30 minutes at a time.
Improve your Social Life
Researchers have found that about 40% of dog owners make friends more easily, possibly because about 4 in 5, according to one British study; speak with other dog owners during walks.
Spending just a few minutes with a pet can lower anxiety and blood pressure, and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurochemicals that play big roles in calm and well being.
Add Meaning and Purpose
As we grow older; and especially after we retire, it can be difficult to find structure and meaning day in and day out. Dogs take care of that, they need you.
Stave off Depression
It’s widely believed that dog owners are less prone to depression than those without dogs, because they seem to help in so many other areas of health and well being.
Prevent Kids’ Allergies
Dogs and cats lower a child’s chance of becoming allergic to pets.
Reduce Doctor Visits
If you’re over 65 and own a pet, odds are you seek medical help about 30% less often than people who don’t have a pet.
Battle Disease and Injury
It’s believed that owning a dog can help detect, treat, and manage a variety of illnesses and debilitations.
For more info on any of the above; view the whole article here.
If you’re a dog owner, make a point to spend some extra time with them today. After all, it’s good for your health! 🙂