Dog Walking Better Than The Gym?
The average dog owner gets more exercise walking their pet than
someone with a gym membership, a pet health care expert has claimed.
Researchers found animal lovers exercise their pet twice a day
for 24 minutes each time a total of five hours and 38 minutes
On top of that, the average dog owner also takes their pet out
on three long walks each week adding another two hours and 33
minutes to the total.
But in comparison, those without a dog spend an average of just
one hour and 20 minutes per week exercising by going to the gym
or heading out for a stroll or jog.
And almost half (47 per cent) of non-pet owners admit they do
absolutely no exercise whatsoever.
A spokesperson for pet health care experts Bob Martin said the
difference between the two was that going to the gym can feel
like a chore while dogwalking can be far more enjoyable.
"A couple of short walks a day soon adds up and this research
shows that it amounts to more time than people spend in the gym,"
"And whilst gym-goers exercise inside an air-conditioned
gym, dog walkers are able to rack up the miles and enjoy fresh
air whilst admiring the Great British countryside."
The study of 5,000 people, including 3,000 dog owners, revealed
that 57 per cent of those see walking the dog as their main form
of exercise. More than three quarters said they would rather take
their dog for a walk than go to the gym.
A total of 86 per cent said they enjoyed taking their pet out
each day, with just 22 per cent saying they sometimes see it as
But only 16 per cent of respondents said they enjoyed exercising
in the gym, while almost 70 per cent considered it a chore.
The survey showed that having a dog to walk actually encourages
regular exercise with 60 per cent of pet owners saying they always
go for a walk with their dog even when time is precious.
But 46 per cent of gym goers admit they often find other things
to do to get out of doing exercise.
"With increasing focus on leading an active healthy lifestyle
it seems that owning a dog makes us more healthy," the Bob
Martin spokesperson said.
"The Government recommends 30 minutes of moderate cardio
vascular exercise 3-5 times per week and it's encouraging to see
that dog walkers are exceeding this target and enjoying it at
the same time."
Reference Sources 172
November 30, 2009