Health Tips: Let’s Walk!

Want lower blood pressure, resting heart rate, stress, BMI, more exercise, and higher levels of self-esteem?

Get a dog. In a meta-analysis of pet ownership published by Circulation, dog owners came out better in many heart health indices. Cat owners also had a 40 percent lower risk of heart attacks than non-owners, though dogs have a major benefit health-wise: all that walking. One study found that dog owners walked 300 minutes a week versus 168 minutes for non-owners.