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How walking the dog beats going to a gym

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:26 am
by kaalii
not sure if it goes here... but interesting article for dog owners/lovers:

How walking the dog beats going to a gym: It gives you EIGHT hours of exercise a week ... -week.html

For those who are keen to keep fit but low on motivation, a personal trainer is often the best option.
But the human version may not be the most effective.
Dog owners get more exercise walking their pet than someone with a gym membership, researchers have found.

On average they exercise the animal twice a day for 24 minutes each time - a total of five hours and 38 minutes a week, a study for the pet healthcare experts Bob Martin found.

On top of that, the average owner takes their dog out on three long walks each week, adding a further two hours and 33 minutes to the total.
Those without a dog spend an average of just one hour and 20 minutes a week exercising by going to the gym or heading out for a stroll or jog.
Worse still, almost half - 47 per cent - of non-pet owners admit they do absolutely no exercise whatsoever.

A spokesman for Bob Martin said: 'A couple of short walks a day soon adds up and this research shows that it amounts to more time than people spend in the gym.'

The study of 5,000 Britons, including 3,000 dog owners, revealed that 57 per cent see walking the dog as their main form of exercise.
More than three quarters say they would rather take their pooch for a hike than go to the gym.
Some 86 per cent say they enjoy taking their pet out each day, with just 22 per cent saying they ever see it as a chore.
But only 16 per cent say they enjoy exercising in the gym, with almost 70 per cent considering it a chore they have to do rather than something they would like to do.

The survey showed that having a dog to walk actually encourages regular exercise with 60 per cent of pet owners saying they always go for a walk with their dog - even when time is precious.
But 46 per cent of gym-goers admit they often find other things to do to get out of doing exercise.

More than half of dog owners think walking their pet is a great way to meet new people.

The spokesman said: 'Owning a dog makes us more healthy. The Government recommends 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise 3-5 times per week and it's encouraging to see that dog walkers are exceeding this target and enjoying it at the same time.'

Thanks for the article

Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:14 am
by Anna from KC
Thanks for finding this interesting article. Yes, responsibility to my dog, Mikey, a Border Collie, gets me up and out whether I want to or not. Who can avoid those trusting, brown eyes? Besides, taking in nature is so much more nourishing to the soul and uplifting than working out on sweaty old machines. (However, if the gym is your preferred means of exercise, wonderful. Everyone who puts forth such effort deserves kudos.)

Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:10 am
by kaalii
oh, border collies are such beautifull and smart dogs!

yes, our little personal trainers and even therapists... rain or shine, litterally! :D

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:51 am
by Blackboard8
I've been following for a long time. Who can recommend Some good knowledge