Navigating Healthcare – Patient Safety and Personal Healthcare Management

Forget the Treadmill – Get a Dog

Posted in Uncategorized by drnic on March 19, 2011
I could not have said it better myself. The NY Times piece with the same title (Forget the Treadmill – Get a Dog).

Among dog owners who went for regular walks, 60 percent met federal criteria for regular moderate or vigorous exercise

There is nothing like the whining and constant pestering of a dog staring at you to motivate you to get out and get some exercise. As Dr Reeves pu tit

“There is exercise that gets done in this household that wouldn’t get done otherwise,” he said. “Our dogs demand that you take them out at 10 o’clock at night, when it’s the last thing you feel like doing. They’re not going to leave you alone until they get their walk in.”

Not only do you get more exercise, it turns out the exercise is better

To the surprise of the researchers, the dog walkers showed a much greater improvement in fitness. Walking speed among the dog walkers increased by 28 percent, compared with just 4 percent among the human walkers.

And you get a best friend who never judges you, always forgives you, and the longer you are away he more excited he is to see you when you get back
Labrador-retriever

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