It may come as a surprise, but having a pet can help give your fitness a boost! Caring for a furry companion has lots of benefits. In addition to keeping you company and loving you unconditionally, pets help seniors be more fit in a few key ways…
Probably the most obvious way that having a dog can help you be more fit is that you have to get outside and walk your dog to keep it healthy and happy! Taking your dog for a walk also gets you out walking on a regular basis. To keep them healthy and make sure they get enough exercise, you should take your dog for a long walk at least once each day, which means you will be out walking every day, too. Now you have a new exercise buddy!
Another, proven benefit of having a dog or cat to care for, is that pets help seniors be more fit in the blood pressure area – caring for a pet helps reduce stress and blood pressure. In addition, having a pet around has been found to reduce depression and loneliness.
Regardless of whether you have a dog or cat, caring for a pet requires work. It’s worth it; this furry friend brings you joy and love. But there’s a lot of effort required to feed them, clean up after them, and protect their health and safety. Replacing litter boxes, lifting heavy dry food bags… these are just a couple of things that you’ll need to do on a regular basis. In order to do them, you need to make sure that you are strong enough to manage, without injuring yourself and needing someone else to care for your pet while you recover.
It might be time to consider bringing a pet into your home, not just because a pet will be a fun, lovable companion when you’re lonely, but also because pets help seniors be more fit!
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