Pets are well-loved all around the world and possible the biggest dream many children will have in their childhood. It has even reached a point where people are choosing to have fur babies as opposed to rearing actual babies. It is not difficult to see why though; who can resist having someone adore you endlessly until your death? Despite the many responsibilities that come with being a pet owner, there are many benefits of owning a pet as well. If you are considering getting a pet, here are a few reasons why you should.
Keeping You Active
Just like a normal human being, pets also need their dose of exercise to keep healthy. This means that you will have to go out for walks more often, which is good for you too. Mature adults are recommended to have at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, or about three hours per week. Bringing out your pets for walks is the perfect way for you to get your exercise in as well as it gives you a reason to be more active and healthier.
Help You Stick to Routine
The responsibilities of being a pet owner can help you come up with a routine and stick to it. Routines are important for mature adults as they help to give them a sense of purpose, which also reduces the risks of depression and cognitive decline. With the constant need to feed, bathe, walk and play with your pets, you will have your day filled with meaningful activities. The once empty hours will become busy ones, and your mind will be constantly be challenged to keep sharp.
Boost Overall Health
Pets also can help to boost your overall health. Many pet owners have shared that their pets have helped them with enjoying life while making them feel loved. Pets also help to reduce stress and help them cope with any physical, mental, and emotional distress. Pets can help you forget about your chronic pain. This is especially so for therapy dogs as studies have revealed a significant easing of pain and distress in people with chronic pain. All you need is five minutes of staring into your pet’s eyes and you will get a boost of oxytocin, the feel-good hormones, making you feel happier.
Last but not least, pets can help you to be more sociable too. Loneliness and social isolation can have very bad consequences for you, as the risk of stroke and other heart diseases can increase by as much as 30 percent. Studies have shown that social isolation puts people at a higher risk of death. With pets, you are less likely to feel lonely and with daily walks with your fur babies, you are bound to connect with many neighbors, keeping social isolation at bay.
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