Wagging tails and furry cuddles can bring a sure smile to your face. After all, who doesn’t love running hands through good fur and seeing those friendly faces? But you may not know that there are scientific reasons your pets are good for you!
It turns out that the American Heart Association and Harvard University, among others, all agree that having pets has health benefits that are both psychological and physical.
Here Are 5 Ways Pets Benefit Your Health
1- More Activity - Multiple studies have found that dog owners typically get more exercise than those who don’t. In fact, dog owners often get the minimum recommended amount of at least 30 minutes a day.
More activity leads to greater mobility, weight loss, lower cholesterol, and blood pressure for overall better health.
2- Stress Reduction - If one of the greatest health threats of our time is stress, then anything that can help reduce it is a benefit. So if your spirits soar when you see your best friend’s wagging tail or your heart warms at the sight of your kitty curled oh so cute in corner of the closet, then yes, your pets are helping reduce your stress.
Plus, there are studies that show your stress levels go down when you pet an animal. It’s not surprising when you think about it; you slow down, focus on the animal, and deepen your breathing. Each of these are stress reducing activities.
3- Protection from Heart Disease - Did you know? Reducing your stress and getting more exercise are key factors in protecting yourself from heart disease. So, if you have an animal companion who you enjoy petting and taking for walks, then you’re getting the best of both worlds.
4- Prevent Allergies in Children - Studies show that children who grow up with pets tend to have stronger immune systems and are less likely to have asthma and allergies than those who don’t.
5- Depression-Relief - The unconditional love of pets is a nice constant when nothing else seems right with the world. Plus, being around pets releases endorphins which means, some people respond well and find depression relief when around pets.
There you are, companionship, stress relief, and a boost in cardiovascular health. There are plenty of ways pets are good for your health.
What about you? What’s your favorite part of having a pet?