New study: going for a walk also promotes the health of dog owners
Dogs are always referred to as "best friend of man". Being with the four-legged friend is very good for most people. According to a new study, walking the dog promotes the health of dog owners. It also increases the feeling of security in the neighborhood.
Positive impact on health
Dealing with dogs is always said to have a positive impact on health. The effects on blood pressure and heart rate are emphasized. According to health experts, dogs help against hypertension. Because the four-legged friend is "the ideal movement trainer! He disciplines and drives you out the door on a regular basis, ”explained Dr. Bettina Begerow, prevention expert of the German Stroke Aid Foundation in an older communication. Exercise plays a vital role in the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure.
Lack of exercise increases the risk of death
According to some health experts, lack of exercise is more damaging to the heart than smoking. According to scientific studies, even moderate regular exercise significantly reduces the risk of death.
An easy way to get more exercise is to buy a dog. A recent study now showed that people who run dogs are physically active more days a week. Going for a walk can also help you feel safer in the neighborhood.
Relationship between running dogs and physical activity
The work published in the medical journal "BMC Public Health" by Dr. Hayley Christian from the University of Western Australia (UWA), in collaboration with the WALTHAM Center for Pet Nutrition, is the first international study of its kind to unify the link between dog walking, physical activity and people's perception of safety in their lives Community examined, reports the university in a message. Over 1,000 dog owners in Perth, Australia and three U.S. cities (San Diego, Nashville, and Portland) were surveyed in the pet relationship study.
Go for a walk an hour and a half a week
It was shown that people who take their dog for a walk are physically active at least 30 minutes longer on more days a week than people who do not walk a dog. "In all four cities, dog owners walked their dog five to six times a week for more than 90 minutes a week," said Dr. Christian.
Increased feeling of security
The study also highlighted community benefits. According to the report, approximately 60 percent of dog owners in Australia and the United States reported that they feel safer when walking their dog. This increased feeling of security was even more pronounced in women than in men.
"Especially at the study’s US locations, dog walkers felt safer and perceived a higher level of vigilance in the neighborhood by walking dogs than in Perth," said Dr. Christian. "This may be due to the social and cultural differences in dog ownership and physical activity habits in the two countries." In general, significantly fewer dog walkers were found at the study sites in the United States than in Perth.
According to Dr. Christian showed the study the physical and social benefits for individuals and the community and the need to integrate dog walking into health programs and political initiatives. (ad)