Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to maintain and improve the health of your spine. And let’s face it, what could be more motivating than an adorably cute exercise partner who’s eagerly waiting by the door with a wagging tail?
If you’re a dog owner, then you are living with a furry ball of power for your back health –and your overall well being. As well as strengthening those back muscles and bones, walking your pooch for just a few times a week can improve your cardiovascular fitness, lower your blood pressure and decrease stress levels! Of course, the breed of your dog, along with its age and level of fitness, will determine how long and how vigorous your walks should be. A 9-year old sausage dog isn’t likely to have the boundless energy of a 6 month old Labrador, but most healthy canines will delight at the opportunity of a trip outdoors with you.
According to our Fareham chiropractor, many back pain sufferers avoid even so much as brisk exercise for fear of making their symptoms worse. Yet for the majority of patients, this is unlikely to happen. Yes, any new form of exercise will probably make your back muscles sore initially, but as you continue to build strength in your muscles and bones, your back health will improve. Regular walks are also vital for maintaining your dog’s health. Canine obesity is linked to many medical issues including osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and insulin resistance.
Just a simple local walk a few times a week (or as much as you can comfortably manage) could just make all the difference to both yours and your pet’s health.
Don’t forget, your furry companions can also bring many health benefits when they’re curled up on your lap at home or dozing on the sofa after an enjoyable walk in the fresh air.
The loving act of stroking and patting a dog can reduce the physiological indicators of stress, including high blood pressure. Also the unconditional love and non-judgemental companionship provided by dogs can have significant mental health benefits for owners including boosted self esteem.
It seems like our loyal pooches really are “man’s best friend”.