Four Ways Walking a Dog Makes You Sexier

For too long, some people have viewed dog walking as a chore, like washing dishes or mopping floors, a thankless task that must be done on a regular basis. If this how you view it, maybe you should take the time during National Walk Your Dog Week (October 1st—7th) for an attitude adjustment.

Hitting the trail with a four-legged companion can be one of the great joys of life, a lovely blend of the fresh air, exercise, and companionship.

But, did you know that this simple activity can also boost your sex appeal? Here are four ways how:

Tones and Trims: Humans and dogs were built for action. Too much couch time can end up leaving us sad, lumpy, and fat, qualities that rarely appeal to potential partners. Dogs must go outside several times each day so use this opportunity to take a nice, brisk stroll. According to the Mayo Clinic, 30 minutes of walking daily burns about 150 calories (3,500 for a pound). In one study, people who walked therapy dogs for 20 minutes five days a week lost an average of 14.4 pounds in a year. Added bonus: It’s easy on the joints, so you won’t risk the not-sexy grimaces and other faces of misery (a total turn-off) you see with more punishing activities, such as running or weight lifting.

Eliminates Awkward Pick-Up Lines: Think that guy over there is cute? Without a dog, you’ll be reduced to looking up at the sky, whistling, and sidling up to him so that you can say something “clever,” like, “Uh. Um. Do you have the time?” Compare that to gliding past him with your happy-faced yellow Labrador Retriever or cuter-than-a-bug Pug. Nine times out of 10, he’ll stop you and ask if he can pet your dog. Conversation will flow easily from there. It might be tempting to teach the dog to do something really cute, like roll over for a belly rub so you can then squeal, “Look! He really likes you! He doesn’t do that for ANYONE!” Resist that impulse, because that would be dishonest, which is not sexy.

Puts a Smile on Your Face: Dog walking combines two well-established mood boosters. Scientists studying the canine–human bond have discovered that dogs fight depression, lower blood pressure, and raise levels of feel-good hormones, such as serotonin. As for exercise, more than one study has shown that moving around at an aerobic pace beats Prozac for fighting depression. Walking a dog can demonstrate that you know how to have a good time.

Screams “Mature Adult”: Caring for and training a dog requires responsibility, consistency, and the capacity to put someone else’s needs before your own. When you see a person walking down the street with a well-cared for and confident dog by his side, doesn’t that say something about his character? And what’s more alluring than someone you can depend on, especially if that someone has a cute dog?

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