How Walking Is Good for You and Your Dog

Person Walking a Dog

Are you already thinking about your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2017? Perhaps, you want to incorporate more exercise into your hectic schedule. One effective, inexpensive way to enhance both your waistline and your health is to take a walk. In addition to benefiting you, walking is also an amazing work out for your canine companion.

While enjoying a scenic walk with your dog, the two of you can bond. Spending quality time with your pet is a great way to build a trusting relationship. You might even meet, and get to know, some friendly neighbors during your daily strolls. If your dog is timid, engaging with neighbors and their pets will likely help him or her become more confident. 

Walking Has Lots of Health Benefits

Walking is a great way to increase your heart rate and break a sweat. Taking regular walks may help you:

  • Shed some pounds
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Relieve arthritic joints
  • Improve bone density
  • Slash stress

Besides helping you achieve a slimmer shape, walking can also help your beloved pooch lose excess weight. Like humans, dogs’ joints suffer from being overweight. This is especially the case for older canines. By regularly waking your dog, you can help your pet protect his or her joints. Walking your beloved pet can also boost his or her digestive health and relieve bothersome constipation.

You and Your Dog Will Sleep Better

Is your dog restless much of the time? Perhaps, he or she frequently engages in destructive behaviors such as scratching, chewing, or digging. If you don’t fill your pet’s schedule with constructive things to do, they will improvise. By walking your adorable pooch, you’ll help him or her expend energy and calm down. Walking your dog later in the day can prepare him or her for a restful, and quiet, night.

The benefits of walking are undeniable. So, start your new year off right. Lace up your sneakers, put your pooch’s leash on, and enjoy an energizing stroll around your neighborhood.


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