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Pets Can Provide Good Support for Health

By Tom Herrin

Even though we often think about conventional exercise as what we need in order to be healthier, some of us don't do a very good job of that.  Diet, rest, and exercise are important factors in most routines to have the best health possible, but a lot of other things may come into play.  Our attitude and outlook also can have a major impact on how healthy we are.  When I was young, I always had a pet.  At times, I had several.  I never really gave any thought to the idea that doing so may make me healthier, but apparently it can.  Some research has indicated that those who have certain health issues see significant improvement in their overall health when they interact with pets.  As such, it may be useful to our health if we have a pet even as adults.  

Pets May Help Regulate Our Hormones

We rely on hormones to make our bodies work their best.  Cortisol is one that kicks in when we are under stress.  In case of physical stress, it may be useful when we defend or protect ourselves.  When it is triggered by emotions, it may be harmful to us.  Some studies indicate that interacting with pets may help to reduce levels of this.  One hormone that is generally good for us is oxytocin.  It makes us feel good.  This happy state tends to make us healthier and free from things such as stress.  Interacting with a pet has shown to increase our levels of this.

Even a Little Exercise Helps

Most of the time, when we have a pet, it needs exercise.  As we take them for walks, we will get more of this ourselves.  Of course, it will be pretty mild, but it is a good place to start.  Once we begin doing this, we may find ourselves more motivated and eager to be active at a faster pace.  Some people enjoy running with their pets.

Companions Are Great

Some of us prefer to be alone much of the time, this is often limited to human company.  Having some kind of companion is helpful to our overall outlook.  When we come home to a pet, we are usually greeted fondly.  Pets are good to talk to as they seldom argue.  They also help to take care of us in return as they are more sensitive to intruders.

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

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