If you’re looking for another way to boost the amount of exercise you get, scientists have a novel idea: get a dog. That’s right, The New York Times reports that several recent scientific studies indicate that dog owners are far more likely to get the recommended amount of exercise than non-owners.
One study found that older people are more likely to exercise if their partner is a dog rather than a human. A Michigan State research project found that 60 percent of regular dog walkers met the minimum federal guidelines for exercise, compared to just a third of non-owners.
The benefits were not just limited to exercise with the dogs though. Researchers discovered that dog owners were far more likely to engage in moderate or vigorous exercise in other subjects. Dog owners also participated more in activities like gardening or sports.