6-Exercise with Pets:
People of all ages should make regular physical exercise part of their daily routine. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find the motivation and discipline necessary to stay consistent with any type of exercise plan. One solution is to get a dog! Having a lovable companion that needs daily walks can make you more likely to stick with your commitment to regular physical exercise. Not only will your furry friend benefit from the additional physical activity, but you’ll also be more likely to reap the rewards of improved health and well-being associated with regular workouts.
5-Pets Help Relieve Feelings of Loneliness and Isolation:
The findings of Cigna’s survey are concerning and underscored the need for more comprehensive approaches to reduce loneliness in America. Pets can play a part in reducing our sense of loneliness, creating an opportunity for companionship. Not only were owners found to experience improved mental health outcomes in comparison to older adults without pets, studies suggest that animal ownership can enhance life satisfaction and make people feel less isolated. Pet ownership offers other health benefits as well; research indicates that pets can reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels, feelings of depression and stress in their owners through physical contact and conditioning.
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