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October 22, 2009 / mybodynbalance

Pets can help lower stress levels, keep you active and keep your heart healthy…

Pets are great companions; they keep us happy and contribute a great deal towards our well-being. It has been known for a long time that people with pets live happier lives, but did you know your pet could also contribute towards your health as well?
Pets can help lower stress levels, keep you active and keep your heart healthy…

Pets and stress
Research has shown that you can lower your stress levels simply by stroking your pet. Even enjoying the summer sun playing “fetch” with your dog or watching your fish swim around in their aquarium can reduce stress levels. Spending some one-on-one time with your canine companion or fury feline, in fact any pet, will more than likely produce a calming effect that slows down your heart rate and keeps your blood pressure under wraps therefore lowering stress levels.

Pets and your heart
Pets contribute to a healthy heart because of their gift to allow us to relax and for a little while, freeing our mind from stressful situations or thoughts. Another way to work towards a healthy heart is via physical activity — remember that taking your pet for a walk can contribute to this too, and walking him or her is a fun activity that is soothing, relaxing and above all enjoyable.
Luv & Muscles, Lisa

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