Take your pets seriously: they are good for your health

Have you ever sat down to consider your options for a healthy life? You probably left out having pets but so do many other people. Science, through numerous studies done in the last decade, has proven that people who have animal companions enjoy better mental and body health. Without counting the many lazy days spent basking out in the sun, and activities that involve fetching, walking and walking, people who own pets record more hours of physical exercise than those who do not. If such level of activity is measured against heart rate, blood pressure, and mental activity, it is definitely better for anyone if they owned a pet. 

It is not uncommon for the elderly to develop age-related illnesses are their age advances. In a family where the members fall within a wide age bracket, any pets would not only benefit the young but also the old. Did you know that having a pet increases your lifespan? Good health in old age when most people are settling down to enjoy their retirement means happiness in the sunset years. According to an article published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics in 1999, senior citizens whose only living companion was a pet showcased better overall wellbeing than those without pets. This is based on the fact that pets help with stress relief and the direct of this is normal blood pressure. 

Well, knowing all this is good information but how many people are up to the task of taking care of a pet? It calls for endurance to take care of any pet and coincidentally, this same endurance is what is responsible for good health. If you accumulate the amount of physical effort require to clean after a pet, clean their corner, take them for a walk, groom them, and play with them, you already have an idea of how much exercise you engage in without planning for it. 

What about unconditional love? Leave alone the assurance of being there as companions, a pet will love their owner unconditionally. Especially for people without homes or close family relations, pets provide a support system that extends from the physical and into the psychological. The next time a homeless person passes-by and dog tags along behind them, you will know why. 

It is obvious that a relationship with a pet can replace and supersede human contact. The most important aspect of the situation and which remains to be uncontested is the fact that emotional stability thrives on association, even if with a pet. 

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