Man's best friend 'boosts fitness' for adults and kids

Dog owners are more likely to meet weekly physical activity goals, say researchers

They provide unconditional love and help ease loneliness, and now UK and Australian research suggests pooches are basically furry, four-legged fitness trainers.


Based on self-reports of physical activity in 385 UK households, dog owners are four times more likely to meet the current guideline of 150 minutes of exercise per week than non-dog owners, the researchers write in Scientific Reports.

And dog owners are 14 times more likely to report walking for recreation and pound the pavement or park for 39% longer than other recreational walkers,