Bonding & Exercising With Pets
Exercising with Pets
"More time at home means more walks around the neighborhood, too. About 40% of dog owners reported that they are getting more than 5,000 steps in every day compared to 21% of non-dog owners." - Morgan Smith, PEOPLE Magazine
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2018 only about half of adult Americans (53.3%) met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity. If you factor in muscle-strengthening activity, that number drops to a measly 23.2% (CDC FastStats). With the arrival of the pandemic in 2020, even many previously active Americans decreased or stopped exercising (Time Magazine). During the late winter and early spring, there aren’t a lot of outdoor exercise options available in cold climate areas, and many of the indoor options were no longer available. Due to the high-risk of COVID-19 transmission, many gyms, fitness centers, sports clubs, and other athletic facilities were closed. Late spring and summer brought some much needed relief. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, studies show a definite increase in Americans’ outdoor activity rates (Outdoor Industry Association). For many people, walking their new Pandemic Pet became an important part of their daily routine. For some, walking the dog was their only source of exercise. It drove them to get up in the morning, get dressed, and breathe the fresh air. This is the page to find submissions from people perambulating with their pets.
One of the most obvious ways a dog can improve our mental and physical health is via daily walks. - Andrew Weil
A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk. - Orlando Aloysius Battista
If there is a dog walking with you, you can walk through anything. - Nirnay Acharya
Bonding With Pets
"Not only is the human-animal bond stronger than ever before, our research shows that pets have the ability to impact the human-to-human bond, helping to unite people despite differences or disagreements," said Brian Garish, president of Banfield Pet Hospital. "We're incredibly encouraged that as a result of spending more time together, the bond between pets and their owners is only getting stronger and – even during the most stressful of times – people are more committed than ever to ensuring their pets get the preventive care they need."