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6 Reasons Dogs are Good For Your Health

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Dogs are known as man’s best friend, and when it comes to the benefits of owning a dog, it would appear that friendship is just the tip of the iceberg. Research conducted by a number of different organisations has shown the positive effect that dogs can have on their owners’ physical and emotional health.

The Australian Family Physician, the official journal of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, has revealed the following three insights into the physical benefits of owning a dog.

1. Improved fitness

Dogs are energetic and are always keen to go for a walk or play fetch. This means that as an owner you have a constant exercise buddy to help get you moving and keep you active.

2. Better general health

All the activity and exercise that goes alongside dog ownership has been shown to have a positive impact on your overall health and weight. Studies have shown that dog owners use the health system less frequently than those without dogs.

3. Improved cardiovascular health

Dogs have been shown to have a calming influence on their owners, which can reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

If you’re still not sold on the benefits of getting a canine companion, these findings from the Australian Companion Animal Council may just convince you. On top of the physical benefits, their research has highlighted three main social benefits of owning a dog:

1. Improved social skills in kids

Through interacting with their pet, children learn empathy, responsibility and respect.

2. More social interaction with others

Dogs are friendly and they gravitate towards other dogs. This is a great conversation starter and can help you meet people you would never have a reason to speak to otherwise.

3. Reduced feelings of isolation

Dogs provide a wonderful sense of companionship, which can help reduce social isolation and help their owners feel safer when they are home by themselves.

While dog ownership can have a number of positive effects on your overall health and wellbeing, if you’re serious about improving your social and physical health over the long term, you should also make sure your health insurance is up to standard.

Just like owning a pet, the right health insurance can benefit your life in a number of ways, but just like it can be hard to choose between a Border Collie and a Golden Retriever, selecting the right health insurance policy can be challenging.

At Choosewell we offer a health insurance comparison service that will help you determine the best health cover for your circumstances and health needs. Give us a call today on 1300 421 154 and find out how we can save you time and money with the right health insurance.

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