Good News! A new study confirms dog owners get more exercise!

You might be able to skip lengthy walks, but your canine friend will be less than happy. It’s confirmed, dogs are great motivators to get more exercise!

A recent British study published in Scientific Reports points to evidence that dog owners, on average, get more exercise than non-dog owners. The researchers studied exercise habits of inhabitants of a neighborhood near Liverpool with both activity monitors and through self-reported information. Dog owners walked nearly 300 minutes a week with their dog versus 100 minutes of walking from non-dog owners.

Not too surprising, right? After all, our furry friends need a walk. But here’s where it gets interesting: Dog owners also scored higher on non-walking kinds of exercise! They spent more times doing activities like cycling and jogging in addition to the walking. That means they don’t use walking as a form of exercise but merely an activity they need to do.

However, correlation does not equal causation. It doesn’t mean that having a dog makes your exercise habits skyrocket. It simply demonstrated a strong connection between the two events. We think that’s a strong enough reason to love your lovable furry friends even more! As if we needed more reasons.