Last Updated on September 7, 2023 by Dr. Alisha Barnes
Daily walks with your dog have incredible health benefits not only for them but for you too. Check out 5 ways daily walks can improve the well being of you and your pup:
1. Mental Stimulation
New sights and smells are very stimulating for the brain. Their little brains are taking in tons of information about their environment. It’s like getting new pieces to a puzzle that your pup is trying to put together.
2. Heart Health
Daily movement is a great way to keep your heart healthy and your pup’s too. In fact, some studies showed a 15% reduced risk of death following a cardiac event in those that had a dog in the household.
3. Reduced Stress
Taking time each day to be present and mindful as you walk your dog, can have a significant reduction in your stress and anxiety. Try to use your walks as a mindful meditation, avoid being distracted by your phone and instead use the time to breath and take in your surroundings.
4. Improved Joint Health
Motion is lotion. Keep those joints healthy by allowing them to move and loosen up. Pups and people that suffer with stiffness should focus on shorter more frequent walks to remain limber and pain free.
Walking your dog allows you one on one time to connect with them. It also gives you an opportunity to meet your neighbors and get to know your community. Building relationships is a key factor in overall happiness and life satisfaction.