Earlier this summer, we talked about how pets improve our well-being. Well, if that wasn’t enough to convince you to adopt a furry (or not so furry!) friend, we’ve found even more recent research that shows pets offer a ton of health benefits for their owners!
Get Healthy: Get a Pet
It’s safe to say we’re pet people here at the HealingRadiusPro headquarters: some of us have pups, some kittens – we even have a few chickens in the mix! So just so you don’t think we’re too biased, we’ve got the science on why having a pet is going to help you lead a happier, healthier life.
There’s also been research on the books for a while now that proves pet owners are more active than non-pet owners. Those who walk their pets get in more steps per day and even just that extra playtime pets require can help owners get more active. And last month, a new study came out that showed older dog owners take 2,760 more steps per day (equal to about 23 minutes of moderate exercise) on average compared to non-owners. Another new study from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health showed dog owners are even significantly more active in the winter months!
Not convinced yet? We’ll condense it for ya:
8 Ways Pets Make Your Life Better
Daily walks with your pet can help keep your cholesterol in check.
Our pets relieve our stress: just looking at them releases a hormone called oxytocin, which brings feelings of joy.
And research has shown that snuggling up to and petting your pup, kitten, or other furry friend can reduce your blood pressure.
They boost your fitness: dog owners walk more and those who play with their pets are more likely to get the recommended daily level of physical activity (even in the winter!).
While the research is still being done, there’s a lot to show that kids who grow up around animals have a lower risk of asthma and eczema.
Because your pets give you something to focus on instead of negative thoughts, they can also help relieve depression. The unconditional love and acceptance they provide really help too.
Petting your animal releases endorphins, powerful pain relievers that also make you happy!
They help improve your relationships with people! One study found that young adults with a deep bond to their pets felt more connected in their relationships and communities than those who didn’t have pets.
So are you ready to take the plunge and adopt a pet?? We guarantee you, it’ll absolutely be more than worth it!
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.