Why is regular exercise important for your dog?
Updated: Dec 17, 2018
1. Exercise prevents premature aging.
As our animals age, their lean muscle mass diminishes. Regular exercise and good nutrition maintain lean muscle strength. If regular exercise isn’t part of your lifestyle, start immediately, even if it’s just one brisk 20-minute walk each day.
2. Exercise maintains strong bones.
Exercising skeletal muscle mass directly works the bone mass and helps maintain healthy bone density.
3. Exercise helps with arthritis.
Contrary to conventional thinking, exercise is important even if you or your companion is contending with disease, arthritis included. The endorphin secretions induced by regular and controlled exercise actually help alleviate pain. The alternative is a sedentary lifestyle that contributes to further tissue degeneration. The only tissue that develops with a sedentary lifestyle is adipose tissue (loose connective tissue that stores fat), which actually increases the body’s inflammatory potential and worsens arthritis.
4. Exercise reverses obesity.
Obesity increases the risk for diabetes, bone disease, cancer, depression, dementia, chronic inflammation and more. Regular activity improves metabolism to the point where fat management becomes easier and obesity can be reversed.
5. Exercise improves insulin health and metabolism.
Physical activity helps jump start natural gene systems involved in regenerating and maintaining insulin health, helping to reverse insulin resistance and diabetes.
6. Exercise pumps toxins out of the body.
The lymphatic system is designed to eliminate metabolic by-products and toxins, and it’s pumped by working muscles. Sedentary lifestyles allow this sludge to back up and choke the cells. Physically working muscles literally help pump toxicity out of the body. This is one reason we feel invigorated and more mentally alert when we exercise