Health experts recommend
that adults get about 2 hours and 30 minutes worth of moderate exercise per week. Dog owners are way
more likely to hit that goal. "People love to be outside to walk their dog, and be with their dog," says Kay Joubert, Director Companion Animal Services at PAWS
, a Washington-based animal advocacy organization. "It helps them be more active."
In turn, that activity helps us remain mobile into our 70s and 80s. Earlier this year, a study in the journal Gerontologist
found that older adults who walked dogs experienced "lower body mass index, fewer activities of daily living limitations, fewer doctor visits, and more frequent moderate and vigorous exercise."
As a bonus…