Is Owning a Dog may Encourage Older People to Exercise?

“NHS should prescribe dogs to keep over-65s fit,” the Daily Mail reports.

The headline was prompted by the results of a new study with the rather unsurprising finding that older adults who own dogs walk more than those who don’t.

The study included around 80 adults with an average age of 70 from three regions in the UK, half of whom owned dogs. Dog owners walked around 22 minutes longer each day and were more likely to meet physical activity recommendations of 150 minutes of exercise a week.

This was a cohort study where a sample of dog owners and non-dog owners, matched on sociodemographic factors, wore activity monitors for three weeks over the course of a year.

Read the full article at NHS Choices