by Kate WilsonDogs are often termed as man’s most loyal friends. Dog owners understand several benefits of having a dog and are often in a better position to explain to people (dog haters) the significance of this particular pet. Apart from having several conventional benefits of owning a dog, you can even enjoy some health benefits. An interesting study has indicated that owning a dog can earn you a higher return on investment than getting some membership to a gym. So instead of trying some Krankcycle Kranking, Zumba, or Crossfit training, consider the reasons below for getting a dog instead of a gym membership.
Get free exercise
You would need to invest around $30-$70 dollars per month to get a membership at any competent gym. However, research suggests that you can get rid of the extra pounds by simply walking or jogging while taking your dog outside to any park, beach or over any road side. You’ll pay good money for half-an-hour workout sessions at the gym but your dog doesn’t charge you by the hour. Plus, you get a chance to soak up some Vitamin D from the morning sunlight.
Simplicity of workout
Having a workout session in a grueling gym under the supervision of a ruthless trainer can be extremely taxing and thus can take a huge toll over your body. This can mentally and physically exhaust you. On the contrary, dog owners who move around with them in the morning for a stroll simply love to play around with their pet animal as there is a great fun element linked with it. In this way, you simply transform your hard workout into an enjoyable sport.
Though gyms, too, are a good place to socialize as there are many people coming for their workouts, most of them are tied up in their sessions. When you take your dogs for a stroll at a park, or any public area, it can render you a better opportunity to meet people and socialize in a more relaxing environment. This can be a perfect place to have a conversation with your friends or even the strangers. This is certainly a more pleasing experience than having a talk with someone in an overcrowded gym.
Enhance your mental health
A number of studies have suggested that taking your dog out for a stroll has a couple of substantial benefits including reducing stress and anxiety levels. In some cases, this has also helped in getting the decreased awareness of pain. This can therefore help you in improving your mental health to a great extent. However, the gym workout sessions could hardly do any good as its focus is simply restricted to your body.
You get family benefits
If you have a dog in your family, it simply works wonders for everyone, especially the small children in your family as they absolutely love dogs. You cannot compare the kind of happiness you and your family would enjoy by having a dog at home to visiting gyms for a ruthless workout session. Studies have shown that the presence of pets in a family help small children to pick up social and communication skills faster and better.
Generally speaking, the presence of dogs in the family basically helps everyone to remain physically and mentally active which is not often possible over at the gym. If you’re looking to get into better shape, improve your mental health and inject some happiness into family life, consider choosing a dog rather than investing in a gym membership.
Kate is a writer, used bookstore regular and chocolate chip cookie baking expert. She loves writing, traveling and playing.