It may be surprising just how linked the health of our animals and our own health can be. For instance, if we are out of shape, our dogs may not get to have as many walks as they need to stay fit and healthy and, likewise, if our dogs are regularly out of sorts, we may find that we walk them less and that our health suffers as a result.
However, it is not just physical health that can be linked and in many ways the emotional health of both are somewhat symbiotic too. For example, if your animals are constantly on edge, you are also likely to feel on edge and you will also often fail to get the emotional comfort that pets so often bring. On the flip side, the more frustrated and stressed we are, the more likely we are to be angry or dismissive with our animals.
Therefore, keeping any animal we own happy and healthy will keep us happy and healthy and vice versa. Walking alone can help people shed huge amounts of weight and become far healthier as a result and the importance of health on both sides is not to be underestimated.
Therefore, it is not just exercise that will be important, but also food. It is not just humans that need a healthy and balanced diet and by feeding an animal cheap, poor quality food, you will be essentially doing the same as feeding a human junk food each and every day.
Therefore, just as a human will benefit greatly from the right diet, cats and dogs will benefit hugely from access to nutritionally balanced pet food. As such, when looking at keeping yourself and your animal healthy, be sure that you both get plenty of exercise and that you focus on what both of you eat to ensure you can both stay as physically and mentally fit as possible.