Helping Our Health
From keeping us smiling to encouraging exercise, there are a million ways we can be thankful for our pets this year. As many of us still face isolation from our friends and loved ones, our pets have been our very own furry support bubbles keeping our spirits strong in this strangest of years.
With the rise in pet adoption and pet sales on the increase since the government announced a national lockdown in March, many have really seen just how significant our four-legged friends can be. Boosting both our mental and physical health, owning a pet has a whole heap of health benefits and really does amplify exactly why they are known as man’s best friend.
As many of us know, exercise is an effective tool in boosting the way our mind works. With physical exercise great at improving mood, self-esteem and goal-setting drives, taking a daily walk, run or even hitting the gym can have a massive impact on improving our mental health.
For all you dog lovers out there, we know how important it is to exercise our four-legged friends. Whether it is playtime in the house, garden or outdoors, giving our pets the exercise they need is significant in keeping their bodies fighting fit. Those with active dogs such a collies, spaniels and Labradors will be beyond familiar with how significant exercise is for their pets. Despite certain breeds being more active than others, taking your pet for a daily walk is not just fun but, more often than not, essential.
Spending time with your pet outdoors can really be the boost in mood you need. In addition to improving your cardiovascular health, taking a lengthy walk with your four-legged friend can actually solidify the bond between you and give your pet the activity they need whilst you’re right there alongside them.
Eat Better & Healthier
With both the human and pet food market becoming more and more conscious about healthier ways of eating, we are creating meals for both ourselves and our pets that are nutritious as ever before. As dog food brands become more selective about the quality of ingredients they use and raw food diets on the rise, we ourselves are in turn becoming more aware of the food we eat. Not only do we care about the nutrition in our own meals but the meals of our pets too.
Keeping our eyes on what our pets are eating gives us the same motivation to keep an eye on our own diet. Eating better and more natural produce inevitably will lead to weight loss, better sleep and in turn give us more energy to have fun with our canine companions.
With dog treats focusing on the power of superfoods such as super-fruits and vital veggies, many of us are joining the healthy eating revolution and stocking up on our own fresh ingredients to munch alongside our pets. With winter ideal for fresh root vegetables such as sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin and super-berries like blackcurrants and cranberries, our diets coincide and inevitably we appear to consume the same wholesome and nutritional food that fills the bowls of our furry friends.
Boost our mental health
Proven by scientists across the world, owning a pet can have a massive impact on our mental health. Cuddling a pet for just 10 minutes a day can improve symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression by up to 70%. Now, we are making no bold claims that owning a pet can cure problems with mental health but the active relationship between you and your canine companion or feline friend can help ease issues and provide you with a secure level of comfort – sometimes – we so desperately need.
Giving us the motivation to care and love another living thing, having a pet whilst suffering from anxiety or depression can improve our cognitive ability massively. With physical exercise essential with dogs and cats for play and health, forcing us to be outdoors and exercising our bodies can also help us to feel healthier whilst increasing our self-esteem.