How Having a Pet Can Contribute to Healthy Aging

For decades, therapy dogs have made great companions. They provide comfort and ease to one’s life through unconditional love. However, new studies show that all kinds of animals can improve our mood and prevent us from developing brain-related diseases, such as dementia. 

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Specifically, having a pet at home for support may do more good than you think. Petting your dog, cat or any other pet can reduce the stress hormone cortisol, lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and brighten your mood. 

Have you ever walked your pet down the street, just to find yourself interacting with someone else, admiring how cute and friendly your pet is? While your pet can alleviate loneliness and depression, they can also build great human connections, too.

As many of us know by now, daily exercise is vital for our overall health. By taking daily walks with a pet, you’re helping both you and your furry friend live a happier and healthier life.

Current research states that adults need at least 2 ½ hours a week of moderate exercise to remain in good shape. Additional exercise can compound your benefits. Even taking a simple walk with your pet qualifies as a moderate-intensity activity. Keeping up these habits with your companion can significantly lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

There’s little to lose and so much gain as you and your pet build a happier and healthier life together.

 

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