exercise

How your dog keeps you fit

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Getty

Dogs can improve our health without us even realising it.

You don't have to run endlessly around the local park with your dog to lose weight.

When low-income, sedentary people with chronic illness were given “loaner” dogs to walk, they lost an average of 6.5kg a year, a study from the University of Missouri found – so even a gentle stroll with Fido is good.

Pet owners also tend to have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, according to a study conducted by the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne.

And if all this isn’t a big enough reason to love our four-legged friends, pets can benefit our mental health too.

Related Video: Watch the video below to see how this dog and his master stay healthy!

Rate this Poor x x x x x Great
Current user rating by 1 users: x x x x x
comments powered by Disqus

VIDEOS

PHOTOS

ARTICLES

Today's top 5

It's official! Our Aussie Queen Mary! It’s official! Australia's favourite royal export Princess Mary is expected to be crowned Queen of Denmark. And it could happen any day now. Delta Goodrem seen getting cosy with AFL player Delta Goodrem was seen getting cosy with a football player in the early hours of Sunday morning after Saturday’s AFL Grand Final. The Block's Shannon & Lisa: Inside their stunning garden wedding Congratulations go out to The Block’s Shannon who married his long-time sweetheart Lisa in a romantic garden wedding last week. Duchess Catherine to make royal comeback after suffering severe morning sickness After spending some much needed time recovering from acute morning sickness, a pregnant Duchess Catherine is expected to return to her royal engagements next month. How Keith's healing Nicole's heart after her family tragedy Keith Urban has been a constant rock and a shoulder to cry on for his distressed wife Nicole Kidman following the sudden death of her father, Dr Antony Kidman.
Who wore it best?
One outfit, two celebrities. Who wore it best? You decide!

Your say

Most commented