Anybody that owns a pet will probably tell you how having that pet in their life, be it a cat, a dog or a guinea pig, boosts their mood, but did you know that having an animal that you look after is thought to reduce your stress and therefore may be able to enhance your immune system?
It’s true, the wonders of the human body never cease to be amazing, yet it is ultimately what takes us out of ourselves and helps us to feel for another human being or animal that helps us through life and enables us to attain high levels of wellbeing and health.
Having a pet does this as when you have one you are responsible for it, much like you are when you have a child.
However, unlike a child with a pet the love that they give you is unconditional and they will always need you to look after them, and do things for them.
Having this in your life enables you to better fight off mental health problems such as depression, and the calming effect that even looking at fish swimming in a fish tank can have is amazing.
In addition to this, talking specifically with regards to dogs and larger pets such as horses, the health benefits are a lot more tangible.
The physical fitness that you get from riding a horse, or going for walks with your dog is incredibly important as it helps you maintain your cardiovascular health, and helps you to stay active.
Sometimes, when you don’t have any excuse to go outside, it’s easy to stay at home in bed and watch the television, but when you have a pet that needs walking this is no longer an option.
Come rain or shine this pet needs you to go out, and so you do, and this is where you interact with other people.
Getting outside with your pet opens up conversations, and we need this interaction to help boost confidence and boost our moods.
Thus, having a pet won’t turn you into a world class athlete, but it will help you feel less stressed and could enable you to become more active!