I know not everyone likes going for a walk, especially not when it’s raining or snowing. But, going for a walk with your four-legged friend has a lot of health benefits. I’ll list them for you!
- Active life
Whether you like it or not: a dog makes sure you get some exercise. On average, a dog owner moves about two hours and forty minutes a week. Research shows that dog owners generally exercise more than people who don’t have a dog. And that’s of course very good for your overall health.
Just the presence of your dog causes the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) in your body to decrease. Many people also experience this when they take a walk with their dog(s). You can change your mind for a while and you can completely relax.
There are always days when you don’t feel good about yourself. You prefer to stay in bed all day, but you also know that this won’t solve the problem. A dog ensures that you still get out of bed and get some exercise done. Even if it may still be very early or the weather conditions are, to say the least, not ideal.
Once you’re outside and see your dog happy, you’ll feel happier too. A dog often loves to be outside and this is contagious.
5. Social contacts
Only when you have a dog will you notice how many dog owners live in your area. Often people walk their dogs around the same time. You increase the chance that your social circle will grow and research shows that social contacts make you happier.
Walking, and especially walking in nature, ensures that you relax. Try to focus on your surroundings and the things you see, smell and hear. A kind of mindfulness exercise that provides peace of mind.
Love, Skye Lewis/Deem ❤
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