Harvard Heart Letter
Walking the dog: Yes, it counts as exercise
A canine companion may help older people stay active ó and provide other heartfelt benefits. If youíre among the many millions of dog owners in the United States, youíre probably more active than most people without a canine companion at home. But thatís just one of the potentially heart-protecting benefits dog owners enjoy, says Dr. Elizabeth Frates, director of wellness programming at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.