SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Everyone with a dog knows that it’s common to treat our furry friends just like members of the family.Wh
According to a recent study, despite the known health benefits of dog-walking, almost half of dog owners do not walk their dogs regularly.
“What they found when questioning these fifty-thousand people is just about half of them walk their dog
regularly. Who didn’t? Those who were more obese, those who were older, those who had dogs who were older, those who had dogs who were obese, and those who had dogs who were small,” Dr. Michael Roizen said.
Doctors say not walking your dog can mean missing out on the health benefits of owning one.
Dr. Roizen says that previous research has shown that dog-walkers are more likely than other folks to get regular exercise into their week.
Walking your dog can lower your blood pressure and make you about one year younger.
It’s important to note that an hour of dog walking only amounts to a half an hour of steps, since dogs tend to stop frequently during walks.
Doctors say even when your dog stops, you shouldn’t. Instead, walk in place or in circles around your dog when he stops to check things out.
Even if you don’t have a dog, doctors still recommend getting out and taking a walk.
“Whether you’ve got a big dog, a small dog, a fat dog, whatever kind of dog you’ve got, even if you don’t have one, walk your dog. What can you do if you don’t have a dog? Go to the park and walk your friend,” Dr. Michael Roizen said.
Another study released earlier this year in the journal “Gerontologist” found older adults in their 70 and 80s who walked their dog weighed less, had fewer limitations in their daily life, and saw their doctor 30 percent less than people who did not have dogs.