Dogs Relieve Stress
Dogs can help you live longer and healthier in many ways.
First, a dog’s unconditional love is good for your physical health. Petting an animal has been proven to lower blood pressure, helping you feel calmer. You’re also more likely to get outside and exercise with a dog by your side, which helps keep you fit and active.
Second, dogs are renowned for alleviating stress. If you have high anxiety or depression, a dog can work to noticeably reduce these symptoms. The simple act of petting a dog stimulates the release of serotonin, which produces relaxation and reduces stress levels. While people might want to avoid social situations due to their anxiety or depression, having a dog around will encourage you to get out and meet more people—just like humans, dogs need social stimulation too! These social interactions away from home will help alleviate feelings of isolation that often accompany mental health issues like depression or anxiety.
Dogs Improve Heart Health
Dogs can lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol, which can help you live a longer life. When you exercise with your dog and spend time with them, blood pressure goes down. Exercise is important for overall health, and is more fun when accompanied by a furry friend! They also keep stress levels low so that the body does not have to deal with high blood pressure. As you know, stress can lead to many medical issues later on in life, such as heart attacks or strokes.
Having a dog decreases the production of cortisol (a hormone associated with stress) and increases oxytocin (a hormone associated with love and bonding). Because of this biochemical reaction, dogs are able to improve mood and decrease loneliness. You may have noticed after meeting many dogs that they are very friendly creatures! Due to their social nature, dogs encourage communication between family members or even strangers who meet your pet on the street. Socialization is good for the mind, heart, immune system and muscles!
Dogs Can Help You Lose Weight
Dogs need a lot of exercise, which is good for their owner. Having a dog forces you to get out of the house every single day and provides you with exercise no matter what the weather conditions are like. This regular physical activity helps keep you at a healthy weight. A study from the Journal of Physical Activity & Health found that dog owners were 34% more likely to be physically active than those without dogs. Many pet owners noticed that they were walking more since getting their furry friend and that this was helping them to lose or maintain their weight.
Haley B., who says her pups make her feel motivated for longer walks, said it best on Twitter: “I haven’t had any pets in years so I’ve definitely felt the difference in my health/weight now that I have two dogs.”
Having a Dog Improves Your Mood
- Laughter is a great way to boost your mood, and dogs are about as funny as a creature can get. From their hilarious reaction to everyday things like ice cubes and snail trails, to their endearing attempts at fetch or catching food mid-air, there’s no shortage of reasons for dog owners to laugh. If you’re feeling down, try watching some videos of dogs on Youtube. Often times it won’t take long before you find something that makes you crack up!
- Owning a dog can have positive effects on your mental health too. Animal companionship has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in humans. The CDC states that “human-animal interactions can be relaxing,” and JAMA Pediatrics reports that having a pet around helps parents feel less stressed when they’re with their kids. As we’ve established earlier in this blog post, stress can lead to many undesirable health consequences such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, etc., so decreasing stress is an important aspect of keeping yourself healthy!
- Whether it’s going for walks or playing catch in the park together, dog owners have easier access to physical activity than those without them. A Harvard School of Public Health study found that people with dogs were 34% more likely to get enough exercise than those without them (150 minutes weekly versus 114 minutes). Other benefits include increased social interaction with other dog owners during walks or playtime; according to Dr. Brenda Moxley at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine–“Dogs provide an opportunity for human interaction.” Being able to interact with other people while walking your dog provides valuable socialization experiences that some folks may not otherwise have access to
Dogs Take You Out of Your Comfort Zone
As the owner of a dog, you’re much more likely to go out for walks, which benefits your health in multiple ways. It’s an easy way to get some low-key exercise, as well as a chance to socialize with other dog owners. The more you meet and interact with others, even if it’s just exchanging hellos on the sidewalk, the better off your mental and emotional health will be. Visiting dog parks is another great way to get outside while making friends or at least acquaintances with other pet owners.
Studies show that people with dogs have less pain and illness each year than people without dogs.
The study compared the health and well-being of dog owners to non-dog owners. The researchers found that dog owners had less pain and illness each year than non-dog owners. Dog owners also had lower blood pressure, cholesterol and stress levels than non-dog owners.
There’s a scientific explanation for this phenomenon: dogs are capable of lowering your stress hormones (called cortisol), which in turn boosts your immune system and reduces inflammation in your body. They can also lower your blood pressure by making you happy, because they’re cute!
Dogs Provide Unconditional Love
Dogs provide their owners with unconditional love and loyalty that is unsurpassed by any other animal. Dogs are always excited to see you, even if you have been gone for five minutes. They are great comforting companions when you feel sad or sick. Owning a dog can be a very rewarding experience, as dogs will not only give you lots of affection, but also provide companionship and exercise.
Owning a dog is good for overall health.
Dogs are great, but did you know that they can help make you healthier? And by healthier, we mean longer, happier, safer, more comfortable… in short, better. Here are six ways dogs can do that:
- Live longer: A study conducted by Swedish scientists found that all the dog owners in their sample lived longer on average. The researchers went so far as to say that owning a dog will reduce your risk of death by 33% and your risk of cardiovascular disease by 36%. We’ll take those odds!
- Live happier: In an Australian study of people with depression, letting dogs into their lives resulted in a significant boost in mood for participants. An uplifting wag is worth immeasurable value when it comes to mental health.
- Live healthier: Studies have shown that dog owners tend to exercise more than non-dog-owners because they take their pooches outside for walks at least twice daily. This regular level of activity helps them improve and keep a healthy weight and overall state of wellness.
- Live better: Even if you don’t have time for walks with your pup every day (because let’s face it—some days are harder than others), having one around is stimulating and calming at the same time. Petting or playing with a furry friend is proven to lower blood pressure while simultaneously helping us feel less lonely—and who couldn’t use some more calm and connection in their life?