Get Healthy Doggy Style

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In the Chinese year of the dog, it would be a missed opportunity not to celebrate the furry and loving four-legged friend in your life. Dogs are not only amazing companions, but they can do a lot for your health too. Everybody with a dog would tell you that there is no better feeling on Earth than coming back home from a stressful day at home and being welcomed by a wagging tail and the happy bark of their best friend. A dog can immediately make you feel better, no matter how terrible your day has been. Its presence is reassuring and full of affection; it’s enough to make you forget everything else. But aside from the obvious improvement in your life satisfaction, there is so much more than a dog can do to keep you healthy.


They force you to go outside

If you’ve been trying to keep on top of your form at the gym and have been struggling with motivation, you know that it’s time to get out of the gym. The air quality is so much better outdoors – unless you decide to go jogging in the center of a busy urban area – and the unpredictable terrain makes your workouts a lot more enjoyable and effective. However, for a lot of people, outdoor sports comes as a late realization after failing to stick with a gym schedule. Dog owners, in comparison, don’t need to waste time and money at their local gym. Having a pet forces them to go outside at least once a day. Fresh air and challenging terrain guaranteed!


They can help you to overcome difficult situations

If you’re the kind of person who struggles with anxiety disorders or even a stressful situation, a dog can be the light that guides you out of the tunnel. In fact, they are so good at it that you can even find ESA support dogs, aka emotional support animal to help you through your everyday life. Whether you’re at work or on a plane, your faithful emotional companion will be with you.  

They are good for your heart

But even with an ESA certified dog, you can still experience stress-relieving symptoms with your furry friend. Indeed, petting a dog for 30 minutes is proven to lower your blood pressure. In fact, the interaction releases a hormone called oxytocin which increases the satisfaction of skin-to-skin contact and lowers your stress levels. It can also act as a natural painkiller if you’re dealing with chronic pains, reducing the pressure on your coronary system.


Ultimately, your dog keeps you healthy

Finally, there’s a significant point to make about your overall health. Dog owners are healthier in comparison because having a dog makes them more likely to stay fit and mentally focused. Simple things such as walking a dog can lead to an increase in walking speed by almost 30%, which means that you’re burning more calories. It’s not the kind of results you’ll get on your own. Similarly, dog owners are more likely to share their activities with their dog, whether it’s food, sitting on the sofa, or gardening. As a result, they make healthier choices.


Who said you needed a personal trainer to get fit? Get a puppy instead! 

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