If it weren’t for my dogs, I don’t think I’d get out and do as much cardio as I do.
I know some people wonder how effective this cardio must be as most dogs when they go for a walk stop and sniff more than they walk. Well, I’ve trained my dogs to stop when I say so, so that it’s not a walkus interruptus. It’s healthier for all of us and it stops them from burying their noses into undesirable piles of you-know-what.
So, when I saw this study from St George’s, University of London, I was excited at the prospect of kids sharing in the joy that dogs bring to a person’s life and all dog owners know that dogs are good for your health! This study shows that kids living in a household with a dog will lead more active lives than those that don’t own a dog.
This research was carried out in England on 78 inner-city primary schools to study the heart health of children. Levels of physical activity were higher in households with a dog and lifestyles in these same households were less sedentary. More than 2,000 children aged 9 to 10 years old were involved in the study and of these, 1 in 10 owned a dog and were more active playing with the dog and walking the pet as a family together with their parents. One factor that the study doesn’t show, however, is if there is a correlation between people who own dogs and being more active.
Nonetheless, the fact remains that dogs help you stay active and are the best motivation I know of to get outside and get moving.
Originally published @ FITLODE.COM