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Want to get fit? Forget the coach and buy a dog

Posted Mar 16 2011 1:05pm

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A new study that appears in the March issue of the Journal of Physical Activity & Health found that dog owners not only get more exercise, but that they tend to also be more active simply because they walk their dogs.

The paper exameined how much dog woners walk their pooches and found according to the LA Times that, "of the 41 percent who were dog owners, 61 percent of respondents said they walked their dogs at least 10 minutes at a time and 27 percent said they walked their dogs at least 150 minutes a week."

Of course that's the good news when it comes to dog ownership.

The bad news is that in another recent study, 45 percent of the dogs treated by vets were considered to be obese.

Of course no word on how many runners and triathletes also run with their dogs making Rover the one benefiting from his or her owners endurance sports habit.

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