Friday, April 22, 2016
A walk, boy--want to go for a walk?
For people over 60, this probably means walking.
And statistics show these people are more likely to get the recommended amount if they have a dog to walk.
Dog walking is associated with lower body mass index, fewer doctor visits, and an increase in social contact.
Sure enough--there is science. Researchers at the University of Missouri analyzed 2012 data from the Health and Retirement study sponsored by the Natl Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration.
They found the associations I mentioned, but also found that the more the person liked the dog and had bonded with it, the more they walked the dog and the more the benefits.
As an aside, the researchers urged retirement communities to allow dogs.
I want another dog so bad...I go on Craigs all the time hoping to find one that some idiot puppy mill is not "selling" (calling it a rehoming fee). But not yet...