Pets are the ultimate lifestyle gurus for humans and may be more effective at motivating people to achieve their healthy living goals than celebrity workout videos, wellbeing blogs and social media fitness experts, according to Blue Cross.
Eighty-six per cent of the changes Britons want to make this January mirror the way that dogs, cats, horses and other furries naturally live their lives. Indeed, pets only drink water, exercise every day, live in the moment, sleep well and - with responsible owners - they usually eat a healthy diet. This makes them beacons of healthy living and the perfect inspiration for humans looking to give their lifestyle an overhaul!
The majority of pet owners need no convincing of this argument, with almost two thirds (63 per cent) of those surveyed by Blue Cross agreeing that their pets would inspire them to achieve their healthy living ambitions, while three quarters (76 per cent) think they would stand a better chance of sticking to their New Year’s resolutions if they followed their pets as their role models.
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How pets can inspire humans to achieve their New Year goals
Dogs: 52 per cent of Britons want to be more active as their path to better living. Dogs naturally enjoy exercise and are active and inquisitive, they love to be outside and they certainly make the most out of playtime, making them the ultimate role models for those humans resolved to getting more exercise. What’s more, over a third (38 per cent) of those surveyed vowed to have a more positive outlook and attitude for 2018 and beyond, 32 per cent vowed to enjoy the little things more and 30per cent are determined to learn a new skill. All of these are traits dogs have in plentiful supply.
Cats: For the Britons resolved to relaxing (36 per cent) and sleeping more (30 per cent), living in the moment (27 per cent) and getting more ‘me-time’ (16 per cent), cats are the perfect lifestyle role models. No matter how busy a cat’s daily schedule they will always find time to groom themselves, and they are the best at finding plenty of time for sleep. They also love to explore which expands their minds. It sounds like a pretty nice life, so when practicing mindfulness why not take a page out of a cat’s book to find more time for you next year.
All four-legged friends: Whether it’s dogs, cats, rabbits or horses, all pets are world-class at spending quality time with loved ones, showing affection to others and making them laugh and feel happy. These were all traits that Britons resolved to do more in 2018 (20 per cent, 24 per cent and 48 per cent respectively), proving that yet again it’s our fun-loving furries we should be turning to for lifestyle motivation.
Karly Smith, Blue Cross Animal Behaviorist, says: “We hope that showcasing the amazing effect that animals have on people’s lives, and the role they play as every day motivators will encourage Brits to look to their pets for inspiration when it comes to sticking to their resolutions in the new year. However, for our pets to act as role models, people need to play their role and be responsible pet owners to ensure animals of all shapes and sizes live healthy and happy lives.”