Why walking a dog is a great exercise?

We are sure that by now you have more than a hundred reasons to get a pet. Let me just give you one more. Just one reason, but maybe it is the most important of all.


They are enthusiastic, loyal and energetic. Unlike friends who may skip a session or two with lame excuses, your dog will never do this. They will passionately grab their leash and wait for you at the front door. You can never beat that! With the current sedentary lifestyles we all have, having such a loyal accountability partner is simply awesome. Did you know that the measly 15% of the all US teenagers exercise at all? Also, brisk walking is a great way to keep fit and lose some of the belly weight. Walking your dog outdoors will also give you the necessary boost of vitamin D, as you will spend significantly more time under the sun.

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Apart from this, you will significantly reduce the risk of the most popular illnesses by quite a lot. Let me give you some examples. Maintaining physical activity and regular physical exercises will reduce the risk of:

  • Breast cancer by the whooping 75%
  • Colon cancer by more than 20%
  • Heart problems by 50%
  • Getting diabetes by 35%

Isn’t it great? So let’s look at how much exercise is required:

  • Heathy children between 5 and 17 years old – 60 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise daily
  • Healthy adults between 18 and 65 need 30 minutes of moderate exercising at least 5 days a week
  • Seniors over 65 years old need 30 minutes of low intensity exercising plus some flexibility and balance training

Is it much? Well, 150 minutes out of the available more than 10000 minutes weekly is just 1,5% of your time. Is it worth the investment?

Is it difficult? Wouldn’t say so. Is it worthwhile? Definitely.

Still not sure? Let’s look at the statistics:

A study conducted by the University of Western Australia found that 70% of dog owners achieved the required 150 minutes per week. Compare it with just 40% of the non-dog owners and it seems like a good deal to me. Another study revealed that having a dog and walking it regularly makes you 25% more unlikely to be obese. The good news is that apart from the dog you need little else – just a tracksuit and a pair of sneakers. You don’t need anything fancy, just ditch the high heels (after all they are bad for your feet). Inspect your wardrobe for a pair of comfortable shoes – even a pair of Zumba sneakers will do or get a pair of new ones specifically for this and start walking.

Don’t wait any longer, get a dog. Buy him a leash and start moving!

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