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Why Walking the Dog is Great for Both of You

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February 22 is National Walk Your Dog Day! This is an annual reminder that taking a daily walk with your best friend is a great idea. Why? Let’s count the ways.

 

1. It’s a Great Way to Start the Day

Your pup needs to get outside in the morning no matter what. That means you’re guaranteed to wake up for an a.m. stroll, get your blood flowing, maybe even see the sun come up. Just like that, you’ve gotten your body to move right before breakfast!

 

2. You Get Your Steps in

Did we mention exercise? Taking your four-legged buddy outside gets your body moving, helping you stay active and healthy. The Department of Health and Human Services guidelines recommends 150 to 300 minutes of moderate exercise a week — that comes out to roughly 21 to 42 minutes a day which is approximately as long as two daily walks.

 

3. It Boosts Your Mood

Getting outside is essential for your mental health. Taking breaks with your fluffy pal during the day or in the evening helps you refresh your mind and lower your stress level.

 

4.  …and Your Dog’s Mood too!

A well-walked dog is a happy dog. Regular time outside helps your pooch let out their energy and allows them to relax when they’re home.

 

5. It’s a Chance to Bond and Socialize

Walking with your furry friend helps you build a stronger relationship. It also gives both of you opportunities to get to know neighbors, both human and canine. Just keep a safe distance, of course!

 

Don’t have a dog? That’s okay! You can still enjoy the benefits of walking and it’s one of the easiest ways to improve your mental health. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and take a stroll around your neighborhood.

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