Animals Benefit Our Health
There's more to your pet than a friendly nuzzle and someone to greet you when you arrive home. Scientists have found animals can lower stress and may indeed increase your life span.
Stress is a killer
We battle stress on a day to day basis; at times we may be oblivious to it; for example, noise pollution, the constant blare of the TV, radio, traffic or the children arguing in the background. Then there’s the job related stress, financial stress, health and so it goes. Though stress is always around us if we look to our pets you may feel your load lightened and a smile brighten your face.
Animals combat stress
• Studies have shown people seemed to recover faster from stress when keeping company with their pets as opposed to being with a friend or spouse.
• Clinics note patients’ anxieties ease, moods improve and pain more manageable when specially trained animals are brought into nursing homes and hospitals.
• A study by researchers at the State University of New York, Buffalo, found that out of 48 stockbrokers, the 24 that received a pet had their hypertension lowered significantly compared to the ones that didn't receive a pet.
• If a four-legged friend isn't to your liking, a fish aquarium has positive affects as well; watching fish swim around also eases stress.
Exercise and social benefits
Our furry friends like to stretch their legs, thus prompting us to take them for walks. The exercise not only does them good it also improves our health, by lowering our risk of high blood pressure, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, osteoporosis, morbidity and different types of cancer.
Walking a dog not only improves your physical well been, it's also good for meeting and interacting with people, staving off mental decline as we grow older.
The regular routine of walking a dog enables dog walkers to walk at a brisker pace for longer periods of time as opposed to those who don’t.
Walking our pets will promote better sleep, increased energy. It also helps reduce tension, depression and anxiety.
A study followed 400 patients after they suffered from a heart attack. The study concluded that a year later pet owners survival rates were significantly higher compared to those who didn't own a pet.
Whether it is the quiet times we spend with our pets, simply stroking or watching them, or the times we share with them in activity, our pets have a positive effect on us.
Example; just watch this video and note how you feel.