Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dogs Better Exercise Companions Than Humans

“The older people who walked their dogs improved their walking capabilities by 28 percent,” Johnson said. “They had more confidence walking on the trail, and they increased their speed. The older people who walked with humans only had a 4 percent increase in their walking capabilities. The human walking buddies tended to discourage each other and used excuses such as the weather being too hot.”

One of the primary reasons I got my first dog out of college was to stay in shape. I figured that the dog would need at least a mile of walking a day for about 10 years... and that is exactly what happened. So, we walked over 3,500 miles a year for nearly a decade! Amazing.

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