They say that a dog is a man’s best friend, but it turns out that owning a dog can actually be great for your physical and mental health, as well as providing unconditional love. Here are 5 ways that your dog benefits your health…
1. They Can Improve Heart Health
Studies have shown that owning a dog can lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and decrease triglyceride levels, contributing overall to better cardiovascular health. Needless to say, dogs make our heart explode, but only in the good way!
2. They Keep You Fit and Active
Owning a dog means taking on the responsibility of ensuring that they receive plenty of exercise every day. For us humans, doctors recommend that we partake in at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise per week. Most dog owners go way above and beyond this, leading to better overall health purely thanks to walks, ball throwing, and running around after rambunctious pups!
3. They Can Improve Your Social Life
How many times when you’ve been out for a walk without your dog do you actually stop and chat to a stranger? Our bet is on next to none. Now take your dog out for a walk and count how many times you speak to strangers then. Our guess is you stop and speak to numerous strangers whilst your dog play, sniff, bark and yap at each other. Some people have even found lifelong friendships just through bumping into each other on dog walks! How great is that?!
4. They Can Reduce Your Stress
There’s a reason why dogs are used as therapy devices on certain wards in hospitals and care homes. Studies have shown that interactions with dogs reduces anxiety and blood pressure and increases the happy chemicals serotonin and dopamine. It has also been studied that offices allowing dogs are also less likely to be a stressful environment and can also relieve tension in marriages!
5. You Can Be More Resistant to Allergies
Studies have shown that children brought up in households with dogs are less likely to develop conditions including asthma, obesity and eczema and this can last a lifetime. Children are less likely to develop these conditions throughout their adult lives.
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