As stress, anxiety, and depression seem to be at an all-time high during the ongoing pandemic, pets can offer tons of great health benefits to isolated people! 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.
Research has shown that having a pet around your house can lead to lower stress levels and blood pressure for adults and kids. And pets have even been shown to help kids develop a tougher immune system against allergies and decrease their risk for asthma.
There’s also been research now that proves pet owners are more active than non-pet owners. Those who walk their pets get in more steps per day. 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!
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!