Dog Owners Take More Steps
If you own a dog, chances are you’re getting more health-promoting exercise than your friends who don’t. In a yearlong study, 43 dog owners, ages 65 and older, were matched with 43 similar adults who didn’t own a dog. All wore activity monitors for three one-week periods and completed diaries describing their activity levels. Turns out those with dogs spent an extra 22 minutes a day walking, racking up 2,760 more steps per day than their peers without a four-legged friend. Don’t own a dog? Offer to walk a friend’s pooch every now and then.
Source: BMC Public Health, published online June 9, 2017