Dogs Aid Health

My dog Cannie Belle (charmingly named by my daughter) doesn’t care if it’s raining, snowing, or sleeting outside; she wants to go for a walk no matter what. She’s like the dog version of the mailman/woman—everyday, and without fail. That’s a good thing, of course, because the undeniable truth is this: exercise is good for you. In fact, you don’t even have to exercise all that much—just fifteen minutes of brisk walking a day can add as much as three years to your life, according to this study.

Without a dog bringing you her leash, some days it can be challenging for you to get up off the couch and get out the door to go on that walk, even if it does make you feel better and can help you live longer. If you have a walking companion, preferably a furry one with four legs like I do, you’re much more likely to get out the door. And if you’re likely to get out and exercise, you may also—indirectly—be saving healthcare costs in the long term. But, let’s back up a minute…..

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