I love to take my pooch Bonnie out for walks and jogs because I know we both benefit from the fresh air and exercise. It turns out though, people who exercise with dogs can help you drop more pounds than a person who exercises alone. In a study at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Wellness Institute in Chicago, 92 overweight and obese people were tracked for a year. At the end of the year, 61 percent of the pet owners were still participating in the study, compared with 58 percent of those without pets. The pet owners exercised 3.9 hours a week compared to 3.5 hours a week for those without dogs. Those who owned dogs spent two-thirds of their total physical activity time with their furry companions. Since the people in this study who worked out with their dogs exercised for a longer period of time each week, they lost more weight. This proves that a pet dog can help motivate you to work out and keep up with your exercise plan, to help you reach your weight goals.
This is by no means urging you to get a dog for the sole purpose of encouraging you to get off the couch and get moving. It is saying that a pet can be considered part of your support group when it comes to leading an active and healthy lifestyle.
So tell me, does your pet dog encourage you to exercise more?