Animals Are Great Exerising Buddies

August 12, 2014

We all know of the health benefits of exercise for humans, but many of us don’t realize how important it is for animals as well. It not only provides mental stimulation, but helps ward off potential health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and obesity.
At home, dogs and cats can become bored and anxious if they don’t get enough exercise. This can lead to destructive behavior and other problems. Exercise releases endorphins, a feel-good chemical that keeps your pet happy, and helps curb aggression and unwanted behavior.
Exercise is especially important for animals in shelters. Shelter animals tend to get less exercise and social interaction than they need, which is where help from shelter volunteers comes in. Shelter volunteers play an important role in helping animals get the exercise they need to be well-adjusted and calm. This calm, well-adjusted demeanor is necessary if the animal is to be adopted quickly. Shelter volunteers give animals the interaction and activity they need so they can be less anxious when meeting potential owners.
Besides experiencing the physical health benefits of exercising with an animal, humans also reap mental and emotional benefits. Exercising with your animal can be a way of bonding with and learning about your pet.

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