How A Pet Can Help Your Overall Wellness Goals for 2023

When you set goals for yourself, it can be helpful to have
someone hold you accountable. The good news for pet parents is that our
four-legged friends can be that perfect someone, especially when it comes to
wellness goals. Let’s take a look at how pets can improve your wellness and
help you achieve your goals for 2023.

Wellness goal #1: Get
into a regular fitness routine

If one of your goals for 2023 is to get into a regular fitness
routine, you’ll be happy to know that this is one of the best examples of how
pets can improve your wellness. Being a dog parent means that you have to take
them out two to three times a day, for a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes per walk.
Having your pup keep you accountable ensures that even if the weather is
inclement or you simply don’t feel like getting your steps in, you have to. Of
course, there are also the health benefits that come with regular exercise,
such as

  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stronger muscles and bones

But you’re not the only one that will benefit from a regular
exercise program – your pet does as well! Dogs who exercise regularly benefit
from:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stronger muscles and bones
  • Decreased stressed
  • Less destructive behaviors

Wellness goal #2:
Reduce stress

A second way that pets can improve your wellness is through
their natural ability to reduce stress. Extensive studies have been conducted
to see the impact of pets on stress and the research shows that social
interaction between people and their dogs causes an increase in oxytocin.
Furthermore, after just three months of being pet parents, there was a
significant decrease in blood pressure and reactivity to stress.

chocolate lab with two pet parents in an outdoor hiking setting

Wellness goal #3: Make
new friends

Physical wellness isn’t the only type of wellness goal to
consider – mental wellness is just as important. The social connections you
have in your life can play a big role in your overall happiness and your dog
can help with this. If one of your goals for 2023 is to make new friends, the
dog park is a great place to start:

  • Try visiting the park at the same time every
    day, as you’ll start to see some familiar faces.
  • If you’re nervous about speaking to new people,
    let your dogs initiate the interaction – it’s easier to start talking to the
    pet parent of the dog your pup is already playing with.

If your dog isn’t a fan of the park, you could also try
enrolling in agility or training classes that would give you a chance to see
the same faces week after week.

Wellness goal #4:
Reduce your impact on the environment

You likely won’t be surprised to know that the environment can
play a big role in your overall wellness. If you live in an area with
environmental pollutants, you are at an increased risk of developing health
issues such as:

  • Respiratory diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Some types of cancer

Knowing this, reducing the impact you personally have on the
environment can help your overall well-being. What many pet parents don’t
realize, however, is this is another way how your pet can help improve your
wellness.

By making the switch to Freshpet, you’re choosing food with packaging that is engineered to keep each recipe food-safe and nutritious while using as little material as possible.

  • Freshpet: 2-10g of
    packaging per 30lb dog
  • Average wet
    food competitor:
    80-120g of packaging per 30lb dog

As you can see, we use about 20 times less packaging than the average wet food competitor. But reduced packaging isn’t the only impact you’ll have – the packaging we use also contains no BPA and is 100% recyclable through our partnership with Terracycle. Learn more about other ways switching to Freshpet can reduce your impact on the environment.

woman hugging her dog while smiling

Wellness goal #5: Get
involved in your local community

Getting involved in your local community is another great
example of how pets improve wellness. Looking for opportunities to volunteer
with your pet at organizations in your community will not only benefit others
but will also have a big impact on your own wellness. People that regularly
volunteer experience:

  • Reduced stress
  • Decreased feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased sense of purpose and meaning

Some ways that you can get involved in your community with your
pet include:

  • Training to become Canine Good Citizen, which is often required to volunteer in places like hospitals and nursing homes
  • Raise money for your local shelter or rescue and participate in any charity events they may have – most of which will be pet-friendly!
  • Sign your pup up as a canine blood donor to save the lives of other dogs

From our Freshpet family to yours, we wish you a happy new year
and hope that you’ve been inspired to find a wellness goal for 2023 that you
and your pet can work towards together!

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