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It’s no secret that owning a pet can do wonders for people’s health. Seriously, just seeing our pet’s cutie little face at the end of a long workday or a good old fashioned couch-snuggle-sesh relieves SO much stress for us!

So is it any wonder that science has actually proved that the key to a dog owner’s longevity is simply walking your pup?

That’s right!

Researchers at The University of Missouri found that adults over 60 benefit from daily walks with their pups — so much, in fact, that it can help them live longer, healthier lives.

Rebecca Johnson, a professor at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and the Millsap Professor of Gerontological Nursing in the Sinclair School of Nursing, said of the research:

And just because the study focused on older adults over 60 doesn’t mean that millennials and people of all ages can’t benefit from taking their pets for a leisurely stroll!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention actually recommends “that adults of all ages should engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week,” and what better way to get that number in than taking little Fido for an adventure around the neighborhood?