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Man’s Best Friend Key in Developing Daily Exercise Routine

Researchers from Michigan State University recently concluded that 60 percent of dog owners who regularly take their canine for a walk receive moderate to vigorous exercise from the activity, according to The New York Times.

“Research overwhelmingly shows that regular physical activity lowers the risk for many diseases, improves your mood and has many other benefits,” said Evangeline Gomez, Fitness Director at Del Webb’s Sun City Shadow Hills. “So when residents take their dogs for walks on trails and paths in the community, they are not just benefiting their pet – they are helping themselves.”

The research found that almost half of dog walkers were found to be physically active for at least 30 minutes five days a week – a good sign for those who love dedicating their time to walking their four-legged friend, but cringe when they think about hitting the treadmill.

Dr. Matthew Reeves told the New York Times that exercise that gets done by a dog owner oftentimes “wouldn't get done otherwise." "Our dogs demand that you take them out at 10 o'clock at night, when it’s the last thing you feel like doing. They're not going to leave you alone until they get their walk in."

Many retirement communities in Austin offer trails that can be ideal spots to walk a pooch, while others, such as Del Webb Orlando, have dog parks that are sure to prove to be entertaining venues for canines. These activities also create social opportunities, pet groups and clubs are very popular at many Del Webb communities across the nation.  

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