Responsible dog owners know the benefits of walking their dogs—happier pets, fewer accidents in the house. But they may not know that those walks benefit their own health as much as their dogs’.
According to a new study conducted by British pet health company Bob Martin found that dog owners get more exercise than gym members. The average dog owner walks his or her pooch twice a day for 24 minutes each stroll, plus three longer treks a week at 51 minutes each. That’s more than eight hours of exercise per week, compared to just one hour and 20 minutes that the average gym member gets.
Pet owners aren’t only getting more exercise than many gym members—they’re enjoying it more, too. Eighty-six percent of dog owners said they like walking with their pet, while just 16 percent of people reported enjoying going to the gym.