By shaambhavi Exercise & Fitness
Why Walking Is Healthy For both You and Your Dog
According to the Canadian community health survey in 2004, walking is the most popular, cheapest, easiest and most convenient ways to stay healthy for adults. Indeed, it is a great way to start your day and get the daily dose of physical activity. All you need is a pair of running shoes and a safe place to walk.
Although some people are able to get through this alone, majority of people find more fun in walking with their dog. This way, both the owner and the dog get their daily health benefit of sunshine and fresh air from the physical activity.
In case you are planning on a new walking routine, try including your dog too. This article will give you an insight into how regular walking is healthy for both you and your dog.
Will I walk more my dog accompanies me?
Research has shows that the results vary. However, the findings depend on the perspective from which they were done. For instance, some studies mixed urban and rural settings which have different living habitats for both people and their pets. A number of people in the country do not need to walk their dogs; they just let them run around on their acreage. However, in the cities, people tend to walk their dogs as they live in a more confined space. A 2006 study shows that the dog owners were more active than the non owners. These people also walked less as result. Looks like a pet can be the key to that dream body you have been lusting about!
Should I get a dog to stay fit?
Some owners feel it as a duty to walk their dog. Others just exercise by putting them in the backyard or paying the neighbour kids to have them go out for a walk. Some even opt for Doggy Day Care. Thus, there is no guarantee that if you own a dog, you will be more active. It totally depends on you how you want to lead your lifestyle. Do not get a dog in the hope that it will make you more active. Plus, you can have the pleasure of walking without owning a pet. Go out with the dog of your neighbour or friends if you feel someone to accompany you. You can also volunteer to walk the animals of the animal shelter near you.
The benefits of dog walking
The best benefit of dog walking is that you can develop a bond with your pet while taking him out on a walk. It is also a great way to meet new people as puppies and dogs can be magnets for dog lovers. This way, you can get to know people on your block and at the parks.
If you take your dog out on a walk, it will also fulfil its social need. Most dogs favour this bonding time with their masters and also seek out new friends and people.
People get to know that you own a dog. This ensures that your home is burglar safe. Even small dogs are known to discourage burglary.
Physical activity of any form is good for both you and your pet. Walking is one of the most feasible, economic and best form of exercise. It keeps you in shape while letting you two connect over your exercise.