Those of us who love dogs know just how good dogs can be for us. But dogs aren't only able to help us emotionally - they're also able to help us physically! A study done by researchers from University of East Anglia and the Center for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge suggests that dogs can actually bring tons of health benefits to their owners.
Emotionally, a dog can help you by reducing your stress levels. And by reducing your stress levels, there is a host of other benefits! Lowered stress can result in lower blood pressure, which is good for everyone! even decreased.
But lowered stress levels aren't the only positive effect dogs have on their humans. It's been shown that dogs can actually help lower the risk of asthma in kids.
Another benefit is the amount of exercise dog owners can get. Even on extremely cold, hot, or rainy days, dog owners and dog walkers get more exercise than everyone else. The study showed that dog walkers got 12 more minutes of activity on an average rainy day than those who didn't own or walk dogs.
So not only does your dog help you by winning over your heart, but also by helping your heart be healthier! If you needed another reason to get a dog, there's it!