Home Science Health People who walk pooches much healthier

According to an American study, humans who walk their dogs (and themselves) are much healthier than people who don't have dogs or don't walk their dogs. Here's another reason why dogs are Man's best friend.

The article is entitled 'The Impact of Dog Walking on Leisure-Time Physical Activity: Results From a Population-Based Survey of Michigan Adults' and appears in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health (Volume 8, Issue 3).

The journal is an official publication of the International Society of Physical Activity and Health.

The scientists' objective in the study was to see if dogwalking has an impact on leisure-time physical activity (LTPA).

They compiled their data from the 2005 Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (MBRFS), which is a yearly health survey that is conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH).

Of the people asked to participate in the study, 5,902 people responded and took part in this survey.

Forty-one percent stated that they had a dog as a pet. Of these 41% people, 61% said they walked their dog for at least ten minutes at a time.

In addition, of these 61%, only 27% said they walked their dog for at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) per week

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William Atkins

William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University