Keeping healthy with your Vail Valley Pet
~~January is here in the Vail Valley and with the arrival of the New Year, come our New Years Resolutions! Are you looking for new, better ways to get healthy? Over the years your family physician has told you, “eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, increase your daily exercise, and of course, reduce your stress level!” Yet, has your physician ever said “head over to the local shelter and adopt a pet?”
Most likely, NOT, but read this!
We all wish we had the golden key to longevity, but studies have shown that pet ownership surely can contribute to health benefits for people thru enhanced physical, mental and emotional improvements.
How you ask?
Firstly, studies thru the NIH (National Institute of Health) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) have shown that pet owners have reduced blood pressure, cholesteral and triglyceride levels, all which can contribute to a decrease in the risk of heart attacks and strokes!
Secondly, pet owners have proven to be more physically active. By having a scheduled and regimented daily walk, pet owners have a much higher level of fitness. Just one hour walk per day can increase longevity up to 7 years~!
Thirdly, pets boost immunity in children. Studies from the University of Wisconsin -Madison have proven that having a furry friend in the house can lower the allergy potential in a child by 33% as well as cause children to have a stronger immune system overall.
Fourth, pets offer unconditional love and companionship making the pet owner a more emotionally balanced person feeling more loved and “complete,” thus lowering anxiety and emotional stress , especially in the elderly.
Fifth, pets offer a window to a more active social life. Thru pets, owners can develop more social interactions with other pet owners, enhancing their social well being thus enhancing their emotional well being!
So the next time you are feeling frustrated with how your feeling emotionally, or physically, think about adding a furry friend to your household!