As you might know, pets provide you with a lot of health benefits, many of them physical. One benefit you should make sure you don’t miss out on is the fact that pets can help you with your cardiovascular health. They have the ability to reduce your high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and risk for heart disease. Be sure to read my other post about How Dogs can Help you Get in Better Shape!
Reduced Stress Helps With Heart Problems
Many serious health problems, including heart attacks and strokes, can become a greater risk when you are under a large amount of stress. You might already be at risk for heart disease due to your high blood pressure, unhealthy lifestyle, and physical conditions, but it can be your stress level that actually pushes you over the edge to cause that heart attack. When you have a pet, they often provide a calming effect, which can then help you to reduce your overall amount of stress. Whether you cuddle with your cat or hamster, play with your dog, or enjoy time with your bird, these pets can reduce your stress, which then reduces major heart episodes.
You Get Your Blood Pumping Through Exercise
If you already have a known heart problem, one of the first things your doctor probably told you to do was to get more exercise. This is because with exercise, you are able to get your blood pumping, which is essential for proper cardiovascular health. Heart disease is more common in people with a sedentary lifestyle who don’t allow their blood to get moving within their body, since there may not be enough blood being pumped to the heart vessels. You need to get more exercise, which is easy to do when you have to take your dogs for walks every day, or you have indoor pets to play with often.
They Promote a Healthier Lifestyle
Also consider how your life changes when you have a pet, especially an active one like a dog, cat, rabbit, or even a pet goat or a pig. You need to get up more, take care of the pet, play with them, take more trips to the store for pet supplies, go for walks, and bathe them. You spend a few extra minutes walking around your house to feed the pet, give them water, or clean out their cage. These might all seem like small things, but they add up, and one by one, are allowing you more physical activity, which lowers your stress level, gets your blood pumping, and in turn will help with your cardiovascular health.
Do you have a pet that helps with your health? Let us know in the comments below!