Pet dogs may be helpful in keeping oldies' good health. According to a new study, pet dogs may help older people to achieve physical activity levels as recommended by World Health Organisation.
The lead author of the study, Philippa Dall told that the people aged 65 and over who owned dogs on an average spent additional 22 minutes walking, taking extra 2760 steps per day as compared to people who did not had a dog.
Physical activity and sedentary behaviour of 43 dog owners and 43 controls from three regions in the U.K. was assessed by the researchers. During the three, one-week data collection periods between April 2013 and November 2014, the volunteers were asked to wear an activity monitor continuously.
Estimation of time spent walking moderately, time spent standing, total time spent sitting, as well as the number of times people sat down and how long they sat down for was done. Nancy Gee, a co-author of the study said, "Our results indicate that dog ownership may play an important role in encouraging older adults to walk more."
"This encouragement would improve their prospects for a better quality of life, improved or maintained cognition, and perhaps, even overall longevity", she added.