Loving your dog can be good for your heart. The Centers for Disease Control confirm that a beloved pet like your dog can lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, lower triglyceride levels and reduce feelings of isolation. Bending over to stroke your dog and take it for a walk also give you additional opportunities for exercise. But there’s more. Experts now say we can actually learn healthy behaviors from watching our dogs, and doing as they do. According to Cleveland Clinic doctor Emma Raizman, interviewed by WABC News inNew York, dogs can teach us better personal health habits. These include:
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- exercise regularly
- control your portions – and if you are my dogs – also read labels – make sure you know what is being put into you and your family’s dish!
- have healthy relationships
- drink water
- shake it off and move on when you are stressed
- and last…learn to forgive; “a trait that humans might learn which ultimately can lessen anxiety and depression.”
All great ideas! TBE, however, does not recommend eating food that falls on the floor. Or chasing cats, for that matter.