It's funny how taking a dog for a walk can get really physical with absolutely no warning. There comes a point when it seems as if the dog is taking you for a walk, and is in no hurry to finish its business. Yes, the proverbial sprint, which could bring flashbacks of Jenny screaming 'Run, Forrest, Run' in trying to keep up with the animal's athletic ability until it decides to take a breather from scaring the wits out of all and sundry.
And then the next day, it is time to go through the motions all over again. So much for being a dog owner… huh?
However, if one must look on the brighter side, this experience does a lot of good for its owners especially if they're not necessarily the indutrious types to get up and get physically active and of course, making you wish that God or a 'higher power' had given you an extra pair of legs.
Talk about motivation!
Going Dog Walking? Kiss obesity goodbye…
Almost everyone who works out knows how important it is to have a partner and this is where your dog will come in handy, even though it might be able to do somethings that a human partner can do for you.
A study was conducted by Dr. Green, director of the Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown, New York in collaboration with Iams company (a manufacturer of dog food) with 12 pet dogs and their humans both being overweight.
The dogs were to be walked for atleast seven miles a day over a period of six months while also reviewing their diet as well. The results showed that the dogs lost more weight (about 5 pounds) than their human partners (about 3 pounds) but what was satisfying about the study was that the owners felt fitter and much better than before.
So, it was obvious that those who owned dogs stood a better chance of meeting the 150 minutes of physical activity per week as compared to those who did not own dogs.
Not only does this kind of physical activity prove to be an easier option for those who are obese, but it also becomes a routine where both the dog and owner can motivate each other to get off their butts and drop a few more pounds.
However, apart from just physical benefits, there are several other benefits in walking your canine and here are some of them.
Benefits of Walking your Dog
1) People who walk their dogs are perceived as generally friendly, leading to socializing opportunities in the neighborhood.
2) Improvement in mental health due to regular exercise and time spent in the sun as well as enhancing creativity in tasks.
3) Lose cravings for fatty foods due to the healthy change in chemical balance.
4) Some of the other physical benefits include:
a. Not falling sick at all
b. Build up of endurance while not running out of breath and experiencing fatigue.
c. Strengthening of the cardiovascular system
d. An excellent form of exercise for buttocks, legs and thighs.
Choosing a dog for a partner in exercising definitely has its advantages as their stamina is in most cases better than yours, and thus will result in your having to 'raise your game'. Most of all, they will never let you down unlike human partners who might have something or the other that stops them from exercising. No wonder dogs are known to be man's best friend…