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Dogs keep owners mentally and physically fit, study finds out

Dogs are widely considered to be among the friendliest pets, certainly friendlier than cats for most people. Interestingly, according to one study, there are more dogs in the USA than children in American households!

The question that might arise in your mind: why do people tend to keep a dog or any other pet at their homes?

The answer isn’t simple and straightforward. In fact, there are a variety of reasons ranging from enhancing mood to the sheer fun of having a pet around.

An addition to the list comes in the form of medical benefits which have been validated by experts in the field. Now according to various research studies, dog owners tend to remain healthy, fit and more emotionally stable.

So, if you haven’t changed your mind, now is the time!

Here are some of the reasons why you should keep a dog at your place.

Mood enhancer

If you weren’t already aware, the presence of a dog can be good for mood enhancement. People who have had the pleasure of keeping one are known to be more emotionally energetic.

It makes all the more sense as to why that is the case. First and foremost, any pet can be a viable antidote to loneliness. Feeling bummed out or finding that you have no human support to look forward to, will tell you that you have a dog around. For certainly, dogs provide emotional comfort to their owners through various means that can vary from licking to playing etc.

The argument has been well supported by a number of research findings. One such study was carried out by scientists associated with the University of Iowa who wanted to investigate a relationship between depression and owning a pet. They essentially aimed at examining whether, in one way or the other, dogs had an impact on the mental condition of the person.

The results though surprising yet validate the earlier proposition made: Dogs can certainly to overcomeming symptoms of depression.

Suffice to say, your pet will keep your stress level down. Just by spending time with your dog in any way possible can distract you from the disturbing train of thought.

A viable source of exercise

In the aforementioned discussion, we considered some of the ways a dog can keep a person emotionally fit.

But what about the physical health aspect?

Well, if you haven’t guessed already, dogs (unlike other pets) can potentially be a viable source of exercise.

In a broader sense, keeping a dog entails some responsibilities that the owner needs to actively account for.

One such responsibility demands taking the pet out for a walk every alternate day to. While that is important for the health of the dog but it also has external benefits for the owner. Going for a walk means some movement for your body that will essentially keep you fit and help fight obesity.

Long story short, if you plan on keeping yourself physically active but lack the innate motivation to get up, then keeping a dog may provide you with the solution.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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