Your pet might be considered “man or woman’s best friend,” however, the unconditional love, acceptance, and support our furry, feathered, and four-legged friends provide goes far beyond basic companionship.
Here are ten ways that owning a pet is keeping you healthy, happy, and fit…
1. More Steps Each Week
An obvious perk of owning a dog is improved physical activity. Research from the University of Missouri compared dog walkers to non-dog owners and found that dog owners boasted an average of 300-minutes of physical activity per week—while non-pooch owners only walked a mere 168-minutes each week.