As survey reveals a quarter of Brits take no exercise at all
- A quarter of non-pet owners admit to never exercising, compared
to just 12 percent of dog owners*
- More than 40 percent of dog owners exercise daily, compared to
just 12 percent of non-pet owners and under 20 percent of cat
- Almost 20 percent of cat owners confess to never exercising at
- Half of non-pet owners are overweight
Dog owners are taking the lead in living healthier and more
active lifestyles, as a survey reveals that a staggering 25 percent
of non-pet owners do not take any form of exercise at all, compared
to just 12 percent of dog owners. One in two people who don't own a
pet are overweight and only 12 percent exercise daily, compared to
40 percent of people who own a dog.
The research has been commissioned by the Kennel Club as part of
the 'Get Fit with Fido' 2013 campaign, which aims to help people to
find fun and enjoyable ways to exercise with their dogs. This is
released ahead of the Kennel Club International Agility Festival
for dogs, the largest festival of its kind in the world, which
takes place at Rockingham Castle from Friday 9th August until
Sunday 11th August.
While non-pet owners came out as the most overweight and the
least likely to exercise, the research revealed that in the battle
of the bulge, cat owners also lag behind dog owners, with one in
five admitting that they take no exercise at all and only 18
percent exercising daily. More than 60 percent of cat owners admit
to not taking any steps to increase their fitness recently and 8
percent of cat owners say they are obese.
Unsurprisingly, the survey found walking to be the most popular
form of exercise, with 40 percent of people revealing it was their
main form of exercise and 40 percent of dog owners saying they
walked their dog for 1-2 hours at a time.
The survey also found that the recession is having an effect, as
more than 60 percent of dog and cat owners admit to no longer
spending any money a month on exercise, making dog walking an even
more attractive option.
The Kennel Club launched its Get Fit With Fido campaign in 2008
in response to the obesity epidemic in dogs and their owners.
Supported by Rosemary Conley, the campaign gives people inspiring
and interesting ideas for exercising with their dog, from simple
dog walks to increasingly popular sports including agility and
heelwork to music.
Rosemary Conley, the renowned exercise guru who backs the Kennel
Club's Get Fit With Fido Campaign, said: "It is shocking to see
that so many people not only fail to exercise daily but many are
failing to exercise at all.
"Daily exercise is so important for preventing obesity related
illnesses such as heart disease, which is one of the biggest
killers. Just half an hour of exercise a day will increase your
metabolism, helping you to keep fit and stay in shape.
"Too many people see exercise as a chore, but dog owners can
enjoy spending quality time walking their dog, or taking part in
sports such as agility, whilst keeping fit in the process."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "It is vital that
dogs get at least one walk a day, but at the time we started this
campaign we were seeing worrying levels of obesity as they were
mirroring their owners' sedentary lifestyles.
"Whilst we cannot be complacent, it is reassuring to see that
dog owners are the people most likely to exercise in this country,
and at a time when money is tight and gym memberships dear,
exercise with your dog is free or inexpensive, so is a great way to
"Get Fit With Fido was set up to inspire dog owners to find new
and different ways to get fit with their dog. Just 15 minutes of
brisk walking can burn 100 calories and agility is a fantastic way
to keep fit. An hour of agility training can burn up to 700
calories for owners."
Former Olympic swimmer and supporter of Get Fit With Fido,
Sharron Davies commented: "Taking part in agility is a fantastic
way for owners and their four-legged friends to improve both their
health and fitness, as well as having lots of fun. Dogs make the
perfect training partner and can motivate owners to put in the
extra work to get fit.
"It's so important not only to keep yourself fit, but your dog
too. Obesity is a problem in dogs as well as humans and getting fit
with Fido is a fun alternative."
The International Agility Festival, which is kindly supported by
CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, will feature around 2,500 dogs of all
types, sizes and experience levels competing across 16 agility
rings, with dogs jumping and weaving their way around the various
courses. Visitors on the day can try their hand at the sport
in the 'have a go' agility ring and can enter their dog into the
Companion Dog Show, which takes place on Saturday 10th
* Get Fit With Fido research conducted by Atomik Research on
behalf of the Kennel Club. Results based on the responses of 2,000