This Could Be Your Best Walking Partner…

Need help staying motivated to go out for a walk?  This is good news for your dog!  Research shows that dog owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and that simply walking your dog can lower stress, boost self esteem and even burn over 900 calories a week!  Don’t have a dog of your own to walk?  You could have a neighbor like me…I have 4 dogs…walk one PLEASE!  There are also plenty of animal shelters that would LOVE your help too.  Visit ASPCA.org to find a shelter near you.

Here are the reasons why a dog could be your best walking partner:

  1. He’s always ready to go!  It’s tough to bail on your walk when your dog is counting on you.  There are some studies showing that dog owners that walk their dogs are more consistent exercisers and show more fitness improvement than people that walk with their friends.  Dogs never make excuses as to why they can’t go for a walk; a little weather doesn’t bother them!
  2. He pushes you to improve.  Since dogs are curious by nature they push you to walk a little further, take a different route or maybe move a little faster!  A University of Missouri study found that the speed of walkers with dogs increased by 28 percent over a 12 week period compared to 4 percent for those with human companions.
  3. He’s the best wing man EVER!  Having your dog with you can make starting up a conversation easier.  Adding a social aspect to your walk improves your health in just that many more ways, such as keeping loneliness away and lowering your stress levels.
So if there’s any takers, these guys would love a walk!
Left to Right (Front) Josie, Shadow
Left to Right (Back) Nina, Max

4 thoughts on “This Could Be Your Best Walking Partner…

  1. Bum Luxury says:

    Yes, motivation from our pup always gets us going when outside! Now that it's getting super hot here thought (Phoenix) we will have to figure out some new exercise for the both of us:)

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.