"A 2011 study found that dog owners were 34% more likely to get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week than nonowners. Nearly half of the roughly 2,400 dog owners in the study reported that they exercise thirty minutes a day for at least 5 days a week; among the nonowners, only about a third exercised that consistently."
Cute and warm and fuzzy--and good for our hearts in more ways than one!
"How America Got So Fat (and So Sick)" by Arthur Agatson, M.D. Prevention October 2011, p. 107.