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Benefits of Walking With Your Dog

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

A little walk in the park with your dog will do a world of good for your health. It helps you fight different mental and physical ailments. Here are some of the benefits of walking with your dog.

Increase Physical Fitness

The more you walk, the more fitter you get. The problem with many fitness programs is sticking to the regimen long enough to see the benefits. Walking with the dog almost eliminates this challenge. The dog will be your all-in-one coach and training partner. Once the dog is accustomed to the routine, it won't allow you to skip a day and always gets excited to go outside for a walk.

You can do walking anywhere, and it's a fantastic low-impact activity for physical fitness. Over time, it may help strengthen your joints, bones, and muscles. The increase in stamina may make your daily walking route a little easy, and you may feel to stay longer or walk an extra mile.

How far you walk per day depends on the age and breed of the dog. If you have a 2-year-old border collie, it may have more endurance than an aged pug. Tailor your walk depending on the dog's needs and abilities as it may help you and the dog.

Dogs get excited over small things and get thirsty by spending a lot of energy doing little things, so always carry a water bottle and a bowl when you're on a walk with the dog.

Daily walking with the dog may increase your endurance, and you may soon start running with the dog.

Improves Sleep

You might've noticed your dog pass out on the floor after getting home from a long walk. This is because dogs get tired by spending a lot of energy doing physical activity. You probably might not need a quick nap after getting home from a walk. But studies indicate regular exercise improves the quality of sleep.

Lack of quality sleep may result in a host of health conditions. Adults need to sleep 7-9 hours at night. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 33 percent of adults don't get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation may result in developing medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Lack of sleep may affect your mental health. You may get irritated at small things and not able to focus on your work. You may get headaches and get tired of doing little things.

It becomes challenging to exercise when you're tired out without doing enough physical activity. Here your dog comes to your rescue. You don't have to go to triathlon to see the benefits. A 30-minute walk with your dog may help you sleep better at night.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fontana, Calif.

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