The New Year is in full swing and the resolutions of 2015 are ready to be realized. If getting a dog made the “To Do” list this year, the addition could mean more than gaining a new pet; it could mean a new you. Welcoming a dog into your life is a major step that includes a great deal of responsibility, but it’s an adjustment well worth the reward. The British online publication, The Independent, found that people who own dogs are healthier than people who don’t, and also found that dogs aid in the recovery of serious illness such as heart attacks. Dogs are also catalysts for a bevy of new human behaviors, and can introduce lifestyle changes that benefit both you and your pup. If adopting a pooch in 2015 is a prospect, check out these five reasons why getting a new dog can result in a new you.
An article in The New York Times stated that dogs are powerful motivators when it comes to exercise. Studies show that dog owners are more active overall than people without, and that most owners take their dogs on a walk for a minimum of ten minutes at least once a day. People also reported being happier once they welcomed a furry friend into their life.
Going outdoors with your pet does more than supply fresh air and exercise, it supplies Vitamin D. Vitamin D aids in protection from heart disease, infection, and rickets. While humans have the option to ingest supplements, animals are far less likely to obtain Vitamin D by mouth so slip on your shoes, grab a leash, and catch some rays. Keep in mind moderation is key, and be sure to provide your pooch with the option for shade.
Stretch Those Paws
Dogs not only get us outside and moving, they’re a great example of maintaining overall care of your body. When dogs wake from a nap, they spend a few minutes thoroughly stretching. This is an act humans should follow. Stretching increases circulation, flexibility, and range of motion. If you see Fido taking a moment to stretcht it out, let it be a reminder that you should be doing the same.
Dogs Make Great Role Models
As we mentioned before, dogs are a great example when it comes to taking the time to care for yourself, but their also great role models on a spiritual level. Dogs aren’t shy. If they like you, they let you know it. If they don’t, well it’s best to give them their space. They are true to their heart, to their tastes, and to their choice in humans. And granted, they may snatch an occasional treat when no one’s looking, but overall they’re honest and willing to be there whenever their loved ones need them. Not a bad way to live.
Keeping Young at Heart
Our dogs look up to us with the upmost love and respect, and they are truly one of the most loyal creatures on earth. They emanate a happiness that can only be rivaled by youthful glee, and while they (and their owners) must adhere to the rules of time, taking a moment for good belly rub or a short toss of the tennis ball will bring a smile to the owner, and put some pep in the steps of their pooch at any age.