Research Says Dog Owners Walk More Than Non Dog Owners

June 16, 2017 :: Posted by meagan

It turns out, the best thing about your dog might not be their unconditional love.  A new study suggests there’s yet another benefit to owning a dog – you walk more.

In a study recently published in BMC Public Health it was determined that dog owners, on average, walked 22 minutes more per day compared to people who did not own a dog.

This United Kingdom study included both genders in the 60+ range.  In order to analyze the intensity of the walking, subjects wore activPAL devices 24 hours a day.

Daniel Mills of the University of Lincoln explains this increase in exercise was even considered exercise at a “moderate pace.”  Dog owners, according to the research, tend to walk briskly and in return raised their heart rates.  Other studies have shown that moderate-intensity walking is just as effective as running in lowering the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other conditions.

Adopting a dog might put an end to the excuses some people come up with for not exercising.  Walking more isn’t the only added benefit to owning a dog.  Analysis from the American Heart Association found dog ownership can actually protect against cardiovascular disease too.

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