As you may know, dogs are men’s best friends. But did you know that owning a dog when you are in your golden years can be incredibly beneficial and a wonderful addition to your life? Read on to find out why having a furry friend is so much better.
It goes without saying that exercising is important and beneficial for your physical health. But it can sometimes be tiring, or even such a chore to do boring exercises. If this is the case, why not own a dog?
Your furry friend can encourage you to do exercises in a fun way and benefit your physical health. In fact, according to research published in The Journal of Physical Activity and Health, dog owners walk nearly one hour longer each day than those who do not have a fetching companion in their lives. At the same time, dog owners are found to enjoy and look forward to their daily walks with their furry friends.
A Healthier You
Another benefit of owning a dog in your golden years is that you will be healthier. According to studies, mature adults that own a dog had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than those with no pets. In fact, did you know that having a dog will not just lower your risk of having a heart attack, but also increases your odds of surviving a heart attack? Evidently, the health benefits of owning a dog in your golden years are incredible, so you should definitely consider doing so.
Contrary to popular belief, your beloved furry friends actually understand you better than you may expect. MRI scanners have revealed that dogs’ brain reacts to speech and noises like sobbing or laughter in the same manner that your brain does. Dogs are, in fact, the only nonhuman animals that scan the left side of a face, which is how people “read” emotions. Essentially, dogs can understand you and that can definitely provide you with some form of emotional support. This is also why so many people enjoy talking to your beloved dogs.
Dogs are natural icebreakers that will be sure to encourage socializing. Be it introducing you to your next-door neighbor or complete strangers, everyone will be attracted to give your cute furry friend a pat on the head or to talk to you about your dog.
It is also a great way to talk and bond with other pet owners. And the benefits of socializing are incredible as well. For instance, you will definitely be happier, more satisfied, and enjoy better mental and emotional health. Thus, consider getting a dog in your golden years.
Provides You a Routine
Owning a dog in your golden years can also provide you with a routine. And while this may not seem important, a routine is incredibly crucial to providing you with stability and a sense of purpose in your life. And studies have shown that owning a dog can help you build a routine in a fun and enjoyable manner.