#Pets4Fitness

There is much written about the positive aspects of pet ownership as we age.  I am always so impressed by my 94 year old neighbor,who every morning walks the neighborhood with her small dog.  She suffers from COPD (so she is not able to walk and talk) and visual challenges.  She is fortunate to live in a neighborhood that is both safe and flat.

By my calculations, she probably gets in a good 1.5 miles during that walk and probably close to 4,000 steps. So if you are a 10,000 steps a day – a few trips around the block each day will be great for both you and your dog.  So much better than opening the door and letting them fend for themselves.

Also, don’t forget the flexibility of bending over to pick up what was left by your pooch. That’s why I am a huge advocate of dog ownership.  Cats are great aIMG_0320nd they will assist you in staying in your chair, while your pooch will help you with your steps.  It’s not for everyone, but something to think about.  My husband and I have met more friends because of our dog walking.  Don’t let your pet become a couch potato, #socialization.

See some fun references below:

https://www.caringvillage.com/2017/05/08/benefits-pets-aging-adults/

http://petsfortheelderly.org/research.html

Author: turning60andbeyond

Sandi Feaster is a registered nurse and health educator. She has worked in the corporate world as well as taken care of people with chronic health conditions. Sandi is convinced that we can improve our lives by educating ourselves and learning how we can curate the life we want. It may seem simple, but exercise and eating healthy food is the foundation of a longer, healthier and engaged life.

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