Dog owners exercise more than gym members

275x250.jpgThe average dog owner gets more exercise from walking their pooch than a gym-goer, it has been claimed.


Researchers found animal lovers exercise their pet twice a day for 24 minutes each time - a total of five hours and 38 minutes a week.



On top of that, the average dog owner also takes their pet out on three long walks each week adding another two hours and 33 minutes to the total.



But in comparison, a study of 5,000 people found those without a dog spend an average of just one hour and 20 minutes per week exercising by going to the gym or heading out for a stroll or jog.

And almost half (47 per cent) of non-pet owners admit they do absolutely no exercise whatsoever -- though those with a tortoise didn't fare much better.
A spokesperson for pet healthcare experts Bob Martin, which commissioned the studay, said: "Whilst going to the gym seems like a chore for many Brits, walking the dog can be a much more enjoyable way to get your daily exercise.



"A couple of short walks a day soon adds up and this research shows that it amounts to more time than people spend in the gym.

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And whilst gym-goers exercise inside an air conditioned gym, dog walkers are able to rack up the miles and enjoy fresh air whilst admiring the Great British countryside."

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