Dog Owners Are Four Times More Likely to Meet the Recommended Activity Targets

Having a pet is a benevolent and fulfilling thing that every person needs to have, especially in the case of the dogs. This pet is the best friend of man that will even sacrifice its life for the owner’s well-being.  This pet also contributes to our health by making us more active according to the latest research in UK.

It turns out that the dog owners are four times more likely to meet the weekly exercise targets. According to a conducted study two thirds of dog owners get the recommended two-and-a-half hours of exercise every week just by walking their dog. However, this is not the case with people who do not have a dog. This pet even pushes people to exercise more and because of that most of the dog owners are joggers and runners aside the walking part with the dog.

The Study of the University of Liverpool

The researchers in this study involved almost 700 people among which were dog owners and people who did not own a dog and children.

The findings of this research were that 87.3% of dog owners exercised the NHS recommended 150 minutes. These people walked more frequently and for longer periods of time, and this was a great addition to their regular physical activity. The researchers stated the following when having a canine pet:

“Our findings provide support for the role of pet dogs in promoting and maintaining positive health behaviours such as walking. Without dogs, it is likely that population physical activity levels would be much lower.”

According to the UK guidelines an adult should follow 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every week. And the dog owners do all of them just by walking their dogs.

Another study proved the great benefits of having a dog in terms of health. The researchers of this study monitored the activity levels in 191 dog owners, 455 people without a dog and 46 children in a community in west Cheshire.

According to this study the dog owners did 220 minutes of physical activity per week when walking their dog in average seven times per week. In addition to this, most of the owners were runners or joggers, but not so much yoga or Pilates followers.

In the UK about 64% of dog owners walked their pet for at least 150 minutes per week, but in the states only 27%of the dog owners have done their 150 minutes of physical activity. The researchers of this US study believe that the climate takes a great part in fulfilling these minutes as when the climate is warmer most of the pets are kept outside and they do not need the walking time.

The researchers of the UK study stated the following, quote:

 “Our pet dogs play an important role in keeping us healthy and this should be recognized and facilitated. Yet, this should not be interpreted to as a recommendation for people to go out and get a dog purely for their own benefit. Dog welfare needs must be carefully considered.”

This is one more reason for having a dog as a pet.