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Dog owners using walks with pets to keep fit

DOG owners are using walks with their furry friends to boost their health, according to research from Vitality, which revealed almost a third of dog walkers exercise for at least half an hour every day compared to just over a fifth of UK adults overall.
The findings also showed nearly half (45 per cent) of dog owners admit the primary reason for walking their dog was to benefit their health as well as that of their pet, while more than a third say owning an animal has improved their overall health.
CEO of Vitality Neville Koopowitz said: “Man’s best friend not only provides companionship for their owners but also keeps them healthier too. We’ve seen mounting evidence that it’s the small things that make a big difference to our long term health, even if it’s simply walking your dog each day.
“Our role is to support people to get healthier. Helping them appreciate the value of even a short walk is just the starting point, it’s all about changing attitudes. That’s why we believe in making exercise habitual and introducing it into daily routines. Together we can encourage the nation to stay fit, whether they own a dog or not.”

Go backPosted on 25th June 2015