But I’m Genetically Programmed to Be a Couch Potato

Did you ever notice that some people can’t wait to get to the gym, lace up their sneakers, and start a workout, while others find lots of excuses to avoid a day’s exercise, lingering at the drink bar and cutting their time on the treadmill short? Researchers from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine are looking into the genetics of loving or avoiding exercise.

2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey Results

We Americans love our pets. The American Pet Products Association has released their latest report on pet ownership in the United States. Pet ownership is on the rise and nearly 7 in every 10 households includes a pet. This growing number means more people can be tapping into the health benefits humans can get from sharing their lives with a pet. Here are some of the latest statistics about pet […]

Feel better after cuddling your pet?

When you’re having a rough day or a lot of stress, nothing beats petting and snuggling with your favorite pet. After some ear scratches and unloading your burdens into your pet’s listening ear, you’re bound to feel better. Studies have shown spending 10 to 15 minutes with a friendly pet reduces anxiety, sadness, pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. Research shows that spending time with a friendly pet not only makes […]

Got Fibromyalgia? Call in the Dogs

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, often disabling pain condition affecting 2 to 3 percent of people in the United States and Europe. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain, poor sleep, fatigue, mood problems, and digestive symptoms. The quiz below can help you see if your symptoms might be from fibromyalgia: (Reproduced from The Woman’s Fibromyalgia Toolkit by Drs. Marcus and Deodhar, Diamedica Publishing 2012)

Walk Your Dog To Better Health

At the start of a new year, people always think about what they need to do for a better year and developing healthy habits always tops the list. While people often make plans to start a regular exercise program, icy sidewalks, crisp mornings, and shorter winter daylight provide easy excuses for forgetting your resolution. You don’t need a gym membership or elaborate equipment to help get you on track. Research […]

Skype with Your Dog?

Staying socially connected is an important factor in keeping healthy and living longer. In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, researchers followed seniors over 10 years. In people 70 years old and older, the risk of dying decreased by 20 percent when people had a strong network of friends. Having social interactions with friends provided a greater effect than interactions with family members. So when […]

Take a Lesson from a Baboon – Being Nice Matters

In Fit As Fido, there’s a chapter devoted to getting involved and making friends in your community. This chapter encourages you to take a lesson from Fido and put interacting with friends on the top of your to-do list. Research has consistently shown that engaging with neighbors, conversing with friends, and participating in your community will not only improve your mood, they’ll also keep you healthier and living longer.