SEARCH

Metroplus » Fitness

Updated: November 28, 2009 19:11 IST

Dog owners get more exercise than gym members: Study

ANI
print   ·   T  T  
Dog owners get more exercise walking their pet than people who go to gyms. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K
The Hindu Dog owners get more exercise walking their pet than people who go to gyms. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K

For those who want to stay fit but low on motivation, a personal trainer is often the best option. However, the human version may not be the most effective. A new study has shown that having a dog can successfully fill that requirement.

A survey of 5,000 Britons, conducted by pet healthcare company Bob Martin, showed that dog owners get more exercise walking their pet than people who go to gyms.

Two dog walks a day each lasting 24 minutes and three longer walks a week each lasting 30 minutes give pet owners seven hours’ exercise a week, reports the Daily Express.

Those without a dog spend an average of just one hour and 20 minutes a week exercising by going to the gym or walking or jogging. And 47 per cent of non-pet owners admit they do no exercise.

The survey revealed that 86 per cent of dog owners enjoy walking. On the other hand, only 16 per cent of gym users actively enjoy it, with almost 70 per cent seeing gym exercise as a chore.

Keywords: dogexercisegymdog ownersBritonswalkspetstudy

More In: Fitness | Metroplus

Two culinary experts, Ummi Abdullah and Abida Rasheed, recount the memories and traditions that mark the Ramadan nombu-thura »

P. Manickavachagam’s prolific talent straddles many genres and techniques with ease »

The city is gripped by the football fever »

More and more couples are choosing ancient temples over wedding halls to tie the knot »



O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in Fitness

Yoga recommends the practice of chanting to release strong emotions that are usually stored in the abdominal region. The sound ‘aaa’ and the abdomen have a powerful association with strong emotions. Photo: R. Ravindran

Chanting makes you stronger

The ancient yogis, the ones who discovered the science of yoga through research on their own bodies, knew that a human being is subject... »