Do You Want to Be Slimmer and Healthier? Walk the Dog
Nearly 40 per cent of households in Australia own a dog – that's about 3 million pet dogs. One study found that if all dog owners in Australia walked their dogs, the health benefits would be similar to giving up smoking. How can walking the dog help you?
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How Can Dog Walking Benefit You?
A New South Wales study found 41 per cent of dog owners walk, on average, 18 minutes longer than people without dogs. Sadly, nearly 60 per cent of dog owners don’t walk their dogs at all; in fact, this group does less exercise than people without dogs! So you need to walk the dog often to get the benefits of walking.
How Can Walking the Dog Benefit Your Dog?Do you want your dog to look great, have healthy joints and lots of energy? Dog walking can help. In fact regular dog walking can help prevent and treat:
What Are Some Tips for Walking Your Dog?
This article was compiled in consultation with CalorieKing.com.au experts and in reference to the following sources:ABC, News in Science, 'Unleashing the benefits of dog-walking', http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/health/HealthRepublish_435278.htm
Bauman, A. et. al. 'The epidemiology of dog walking: an unmet need for human and canine health', The Medical Journal of Australia, 2001, 175: 632-634.
Better Health Channel, 'Dog walking - the health benefits', http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Dog_walking_the_health_benefits?OpenDocument
Last updated: December 9th, 2008
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