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The best exercise: Walking the dog

Forget gym. Walking the dog is the best way to stay fit, says a new study. Researchers for British pet healthcare experts Bob Martin have carried out the study and found that walking the dog twice everyday can give one up to one eight hours of exercise a week.

world Updated: Nov 28, 2009 00:41 IST

Forget gym. Walking the dog is the best way to stay fit, says a new study.

Researchers for British pet healthcare experts Bob Martin have carried out the study and found that walking the dog twice everyday can give one up to one eight hours of exercise a week.

“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,” a spokesman for Bob Martin was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.

The study, based on a survey of 5,000 Britons, including 3,000 dog owners, revealed that 57 per cent see walking the dog as their main form of exercise. More than three quarters say they would rather take their pooch for a hike than go to the gym.

Some 86 per cent say they enjoy taking their pet out each day, with just 22 per cent saying they ever see it as a chore.