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Healthy Tip: Give your heart a pet

10 October, 2018

There are many good reasons why owning a pet can improve health and well-being but dog owners may be top of the league when it comes to heart-health. If you own a pooch you’re likely to be benefiting from lower blood pressure, higher levels of physical activity, lower stress levels and ultimately a longer life.

Make your four legged friend your heart’s best friend. With only a chewed up pair of slippers to lose and so much to gain, here are some of our top dog-walking tips to keep you streets ahead:

Rise and shine
Kick start your day with a heart healthy walk with your canine companion. A brisk walk of 15 minutes will get you well on your way towards your recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, keeping a healthy lid on blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Train well
Unlike a friend or colleague, man’s best friend won’t moan about the weather and cancel on you or slacken off the pace, so let them take the lead. Make them your running or cycling companion.

Up the pace  
Keep that tail wagging and your heart pounding towards a healthier you by outrunning your dog’s pace and playing games like Frisbee and tug of war.

Give more
If you don’t own a four-legged friend, why not look for volunteer opportunities in your area. Connecting with people and giving your time to help others has been proven to keep your mind and body healthy and happy.

Whether it’s your own, a neighbour’s, or a new found foster buddy, if you have a four legged friend at your heels, make sure you pound the streets come rain or shine, grabbing the lead to a healthy heart.