Dog owners will tell you there is no greater joy than having a four-legged, furry friend.
Now, it turns out there are more benefits to owning a dog rather than just playing fetch and cuddling up with scruffy on the couch.
According to NPR, dog owners on average walked 22 minutes more per day compared to people who didn’t own a dog.
The study found that by walking their dog, owners got their heart rates up and had an increase in exercise. The pace was about 3 miles per hour, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers moderate intensity.
“The national physical activity guidelines call for 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise, and that’s what they got in this study,” says Robert Sallis, a family physician with Kaiser Permanente in California.
Just add this to the list as why owning a dog makes your life that much more awesome!