American Council on Exercise by American Council on Exercise

running with dogHere's another reason to love your four-legged best friend: You're more likely to be fit and walk faster thanks to your dog.

According to a survey reported in Reuters, dogs are the reason two-thirds, or 66 percent, of owners walked each week. After all, a dog needs to get out rain or shine!

ACE spokesperson, Shirley Archer, was quoted in the article and said that dogs are great workout partners — they offer energy, enthusiasm and the social suport that keeps you going.

A friend who motivates you to live an active lifestyle really is a best friend.

Is your dog your fitness motivator? Tell us how!

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