May 09, 2010
Pet Ownership and Exercise Among Midlife and Older Adults: An AARP Bulletin Poll
"Results of this AARP Bulletin poll lend some support to the notion of a positive relationship between pet ownership and exercise among pet owners, although the magnitude of relationship is not entirely clear. While about three in ten dog owners report getting more exercise now as compared to before they got their dog and another six in ten report getting about the same amount now as in the past, it is not possible to ascertain the levels of exercise from the survey questions nor is it possible to determine if the levels of exercise are meeting national guidelines. Companionship was the primary reason for acquiring a pet, noted by more than six in ten pet owners."