Dog walking helps you and your dog. With 25-40% of dogs and 66% of adults being overweight,walking your dog longer distances (assuming it is not a young puppy, old, or ill), will help you and your pet. Most dogs are more than willing. If you don’t have a dog, maybe you could walk your neighbor’s dog.
Walking slows the aging process because it helps you reduce your risk of heart attack, cancer, stroke and type 2 diabetes, reduces stress, helps with weight control, lowers blood sugar and increases “good” cholesterol and protects against hip fractures. Your pet receives similar health benefits with exercise.
Whether you are jogging in Central Park, NY with your pet or biking, or walking, more exercise will help both you and your pet through stress reduction, weight control, and overall metabolic benefits.