Blue, Blue Monday!
Blue Monday was actually conceived by a marketing company using a mathematical formula, which wasn’t particularly scientific. Many experts have suggested it is misleading as it has no foundation in scientific research. While this is true, many people can feel down in the winter and particularly in January.
With this glumness in mind we decided to create a positive post covering our favourite benefits a dog can bring.
You’re less likely to be ill!
Yes, really! The over use of disinfectants is making us more sick. Our bodies are exposed to a less diverse mix of germs and aren’t as able to combat sickness bugs. Dogs are, fortunately, covered in germs! The additional exposure to bacteria in the home aids in the development of our immune system and as a result people with dogs get sick less frequently, especially children. Get frequent colds? Get a dog!
You become more resistant to allergies!
Children growing up in a home with pets are much less likely to develop certain types of allergies or eczema in their lifetime. Studies have shown that exposure to allergies in later life can actually be combated by spending more time with your pup! Yes, you can actually get over an allergy to dogs by being exposed to dogs!
Lower Blood Pressure
While it is obvious that regularly walking your dog can have benefits to your health (and theirs!), the act of just stroking a dog will also significantly reduce your blood pressure. Studies focusing on stress and anxiety have shown that pet owners are more likely to survive a heart attack and also have slightly lower cholesterol. Winner!
Most dogs require at least 30 minutes walking each day. Some require even more, and some really should be walking more, but are just lazy. The upshot is that dog owners are guaranteed to be getting in some exercise every day. The benefit of walking at least 30 minutes a day reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 27% (which is loads!). Regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in stress, anger and hostility and going for a walk can also spark creativity. Daily walking increases metabolism by burning extra calories and by preventing muscle loss, which is particularly important as we get older, as it’s one of the most effective low-impact ways to mobilize fat and positively alter body composition.
Better Mental Health
It’s almost common knowledge that dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than non-pet owners (based almost entirely on the fact that dogs are brilliant!) Having a pet to take care of can also help owners out of a depressive episode. The interaction with, and love received from, a dog can also help people stay positive. Even the mere act of looking at your pet increases the amount of oxytocin, the “feel good” chemical, in the brain.
Can you remember seeing another dog owner out on a walk and both you and your pooches not stopping to interact with each other? No, nor can we. Pet owners find it easier to form social bonds than those without the luxury of a pup! Studies have also shown that pet-owning families often spend more time interacting with each other too. We’ll leave it up to you to whether that’s a good thing or not….
We would love to hear how your pup has improved your health and wellbeing. Let us now in the comments!