Do Pets Really Make You Live Longer? - 037

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Do Pets Really Make You Live Longer?

In episode 37 of the Anti-Aging Lifestyle I breakdown the benefits of owning a pet in regards to your health!

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Some highlights from the episode:

Pet Intro: People love their pets. The majority of households in America have at least one pet… so what are the health benefits?

My Pet History: A quick personal run down of my pet experiences. Get ready to have your mind blown.

Benefits:

Lower Mortality: Pet owners has less of a risk of dying from all cause mortality than those living without pets.

More Exercise: Owning a pet leads to more overall exercise, which has numerous health benefits.

Lower Stress: Pet owners can look forward to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels.

Feel Better: Pets release “feel good” hormones that make you less likely to suffer from anxiety and depression, especially during these times of working from home and/or social isolation.

Living for Something: Humans are social creatures, and when we have someone or something to live for, there are benefits to our health.

Immune Boost: Pet’s increase your natural antibody protection to boost your health.

Many Animals: Researchers also found benefits from other animals, like cats, rabbits, and turtles.

Allergy Relief: Teenagers that were born with a pet in the house, saw increased immunity to allergies later in life.

Pain Relief: Those “feel good” hormones that pets release also do wonders for natural pain relief.

Potential Cons:

Responsibility: Owning a pet takes some work, and you need to keep a regular feeding, exercise, and grooming schedule.

Pet Cost: Pets are not free. Some pets cost more than others, find what you can comfortably afford.

Other options: Keep in mind, if you don’t want to own a pet, there are other ways to still enjoy pet benefits.

Conclusions: Animals take some work, but there are clear and significant health benefits.

I finish the episode with Tomko Tip #37 where I talk about the power of using mini-goals and small steps to achieve your dreams.

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