Pets Protect You From Heart Disease

Are you obsessed with your pet? Well, we don’t blame you! They are cute, cuddly, fun, and could be good for your heart!

Everyone knows that dogs love a good walk. Dog owners who walk their dogs are more likely to achieve the recommended level of physical activity.  In a study of more than 5,200 adults, dog owners engaged in more walking and physical activity than non-dog owners, and were 54 percent more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days a week for a total of 150 minutes.

Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help blogyou:

  • Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
  • Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance your mental well-being
  • Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

Dog owners aren’t the only pet owners that benefit from their animal friends. Pets can have a positive effect on the body’s reactions to stress. How much stress you experience and how you react to it can lead to a wide variety of health problems.

Pets can also play a role in providing social support for their owners. Social support is an important factor in helping you stick with a new habit or adopting a new healthy behavior.

The primary purpose of pet adoption is to provide the pet a loving home, but the added physical activity and support is a heart-healthy bonus! Give your pet some extra belly rubs today and a brisk walk around the neighborhood, they’ll be happy and your heart will be happy too.

 

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