What does your dog have to do with improved circulation, longer life, lowered Alzheimer’s disease risk and a good night’s sleep? More than you would think.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), having a dog provides several health benefits in addition to a lot of unconditional love. Your dog helps you improve your cardiovascular health, increase the amount you exercise and decrease your likelihood for obesity. Your pup can even enhance your mood and social life.
They also offer an endless supply of kisses, greet you at the door like you’ve been gone for a year, and work as living vacuum cleaners around the dinner table.
So, why not do something for them in return? It’s as simple as taking your dog for a daily walk in San Diego’s perennially sunny weather. You get the health and wellness benefits, and your dog gets to run, jump, play and sniff.
Aim for a 30-minute walk with your canine companion each day. To keep it fun and interesting, visit these local dog parks. Who knows, you might even make a new human friend along the way.
- Montevalle Park, 840 Duncan Ranch Road
- Otay Ranch Town Center, 2015 Birch Road
- Veterans Park, 785 E. Palomar Street
- Harry Griffen Regional Park, 9550 Milden Street
- Balboa Park: Nate's Point, Balboa Drive at El Prado
- Clairemont: Cadman Community Park, 4280 Avati Drive
- Kearny Mesa: Kearny Mesa Community Park, 3170 Armstrong Street
- Mira Mesa: Maddox Neighborhood Park, 7815 Flanders Street
- Mission Bay: Fiesta Island, 1590 E. Mission Bay Drive
- Ocean Beach: Dog Beach, at the foot of Voltaire Street
- North Park: Morley Field, Upas Street between Texas and Arnold
- Pacific Beach: Capehart Park, Felspar and Soledad Mountain Road
- Point Loma: Dusty Rhodes Neighborhood Park, Sunset Cliffs and Nimitz
- Rancho Bernardo: Rancho Bernardo Park, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive
- Rancho Peñasquitos: Rancho Peñasquitos Park, Salmon River Road at Fairgrove Lane
- South Park: Grape Street Park, Grape Street and 28th Street
- Torrey Highlands: Torrey Highlands Park, Lansdale Drive off Del Mar Heights Road
- University City: Doyle Community Park, 8175 Regents Road; Nobel Dog Park, 8820 Judicial Drive