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Sixty seconds on . . . dog walks

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 04 May 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1018
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Lovely, let’s go for a stroll

Not so fast. It turns out that taking your four legged friend for a walk might be far more dangerous than you think.

You’re barking. It’s good for me

You’re not wrong, walking can facilitate weight loss and increase cardiovascular fitness, and dog owners are more likely than non-dog owners to get their steps up. But it’s not a risk free activity.

I’m all ears

Well, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have concluded that walking …

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