Want to get in shape? Get a dog

Walking speed among the dog walkers increased by 28 percent, compared with just 4 percent among the human walkers. . . human walkers often complained about the heat and talked each other out of exercise, but that people who were paired with dogs didn’t make those excuses.

Several studies reported in today’s New York Times suggest that people who own dogs tend to get more exercise than people who don’t. I concur.

2 Responses to Want to get in shape? Get a dog

  1. Marianne says:

    Me too. I love being outdoors and it’s no secret that I love winter, but I have to say that Simon the wonder-pup’s enthusiasm and puppy-dog eyes are the only thing that will get me outside and walking on a pre-dawn, sleeting February morning.

  2. Dan Murphy says:

    Good looking dog, there. My wife and I just got a one-year old black lab back in October, and we’ve been fitter ever since!