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Apr 08, 2024

Welcoming a pet into your home is much more than just gaining a furry companion – it's an investment in your overall wellbeing. From reducing stress to improving cardiovascular health, the impact of having a pet extends far beyond the joy they bring to our lives. Here are a few compelling reasons why embracing the occasional pet hair on your bed might just be the best decision you ever make.

Stress reduction

Stress is an inevitable part of life. However, studies have shown that interacting with a pet can significantly lower your stress levels. Simply petting a dog, cat, or any furry friend can trigger the release of feel-good hormones such as serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine, all of which promote relaxation and stress reduction.

Cardiovascular health

Pets not only fill a whole in your heart, but they also actively make it better. Owning a pet can actually have a positive impact on your cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol levels and a decreased risk of heart disease compared to non-pet owners.

Also, because your pets need to stay active, it’s great motivation for you to stay active as well. Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining a healthy heart. So, whether it's going for a brisk walk with your dog or engaging in interactive play with your cat, incorporating exercise into your daily routine becomes more enjoyable when you have a pet by your side.

Emotional support

Pets have an innate ability to provide emotional support and companionship during difficult times. Pet parents will know that when you are feeling blue, your pet can sense your distress and will support you by sleeping next to, or even on top of you. Whether you're feeling lonely, anxious, or depressed, the presence of a beloved pet can offer unconditional love and comfort. Best of all, pets are excellent listeners who offer non-judgmental companionship, so you can tell them exactly what you think and feel without having to keep it in.

As a pet parent, you also have a responsibility to them, which can boost your self-esteem and sense of self-worth.

Social connections

Whether you're walking your dog in the park or attending a feline fashion show, pets provide a common ground for interaction with fellow pet parents and animal lovers. Pets can help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness, even more so for people who may struggle with social anxiety.

So, the next time you find a few stray hairs on your bed, remember that the love and companionship of your furry friend far outweigh any minor inconveniences. Embrace the joy of having a furry family member and reap the rewards of a healthier, happier life.

Tempo wellness programme

If you’re looking to start your journey to better health so that you can play with your pet for years to come, look no further than the Tempo wellness programme.

Log exercises, join classes, take part in challenges, or set your own, all at no cost to you. It’s everything you’ve been looking for in a fitness programme.

You can start your online Fitness Journey via the Bestmed App and/or Member portal (website).



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The Power of Pets. News in Health. 2018. Available here.

The heartfelt benefits of pet ownership. Harvard Health Publishing. 2022. Available here.

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