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pets: walking your dog

Super 1 Foods | Posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 08:45AM

Walking Your DogDid you know that owning a dog could lower your risk for heart disease? One way a dog plays a role in lowering the risk of heart disease is increasing physical activity. Dog owners are more likely than non-dog owners to reach the recommended amount of physical activity each week. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. That is about 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 days a week.

Taking a brisk walk can help lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, resulting in a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Walking can help you stay healthy, live longer, manage stress and increase your amount of energy. Not only does walking help your health, it also helps your dog’s health. Walking your dog each day can reduce common behavior problems in your dog like digging, excessive barking and hyperactivity. Walking also helps keep your dog’s weight under control as well as reduces digestive problems and constipation.

Before exercising, check with your doctor and vet to make sure physical activity is safe for you and your pet. Dogs under 18 months old should not run or jog due to having bones that are not finished growing. Be careful with short or flat-faced breed dogs because they can have trouble breathing when exercising vigorously.

If you don’t have a dog, don’t worry! You can volunteer each week at a local shelter, running or walking dogs. If you don’t have time to walk your dog 30 minutes each day, break the walks into 10 to 15-minute walks. You can walk your dog for 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at lunch and 10 minutes in the evening. Invest in your health and your dog’s health by taking a walk each day.

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