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Pauline Martin
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

May be it's also down to how fast you walk but The Daily Mail reported:
Celebrity Gerry Halliwells svelte figure may be down to the regular walks she takes with her pet shih-tzu Harry. For those who are keen to keep fit but low on motivation, a personal trainer is often the best option. But the human version may not be the most effective. Dog owners get more exercise walking their pet than someone with a gym membership, researchers have found. On average they exercise the animal twice a day for 24 minutes each time - a total of five hours and 38 minutes a week, a study for the pet healthcare experts Bob Martin found.
On top of that, the average owner takes their dog out on three long walks each week, adding a further two hours and 33 minutes to the total. Those without a dog spend an average of just one hour and 20 minutes a week exercising by going to the gym or heading out for a stroll or jog. Worse still, almost half - 47 per cent - of non-pet owners admit they do absolutely no exercise whatsoever. A spokesman for Bob Martin said: 'A couple of short walks a day soon adds up and this research shows that it amounts to more time than people spend in the gym.'

The study of 5,000 Britons, including 3,000 dog owners, revealed that 57 per cent see walking the dog as their main form of exercise.More than three quarters say they would rather take their pooch for a hike than go to the gym. I have to agree, the serra needs a good walk everyday and I love being outdoors with them. Very Happy

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1231262/How-walking-dog-beats-going-gym-It-gives-EIGHT-hours-exercise-week.html#ixzz1DgsgeOuQ

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:19 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I don't know about calorie-burning, but just being outside in the fresh air (and occassional sunshine) certainly lifts my spirits, especially in winter. Even this weekend, when it's proved difficult to find a non-muddy walk, I'm glad to get out with Charlie B Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I couldn't agree more,this last years,walking the dogs became my major source of exercise,I do belive it makes me stronger and healpher Laughing and not only phisicaly,if for any reason I have to skip a walk,my mood is not the same.
Some things in my life are unchageble,the dogs exercise and my afternoon nap Laughing even friends stoped complaining,they just accept that I have to do those 2 things.
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