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Achieve your healthy living goals by being like your cats and dogs say Blue Cross

Life could be improved by following in the footsteps of our cats and dogs the Blue Cross has said.

Pets are the ultimate lifestyle gurus for humans and may be more effective at motivating people to achieve their healthy living goals than celebrity workout videos, wellbeing blogs and social media fitness experts, the charity claims.

A survey has revealed that 86 per cent of the New Year’s changes Britons want to make to improve their lives, mirrors the way that dogs, cats, horses and other furries naturally live their lives. Indeed, pets only drink water, exercise every day, live in the moment, sleep well and – with responsible owners – they usually eat a healthy diet. Therefore, they are beacons of healthy living and the perfect inspiration for humans looking to give their lifestyle an overhaul.

The majority of pet owners need no convincing of this argument, with almost two thirds (63 per cent) of those surveyed by Blue Cross agreeing that their pets would inspire them to achieve their healthy living ambitions, while three quarters (76 per cent) think they would stand a better chance of sticking to their New Year’s resolutions if they followed their pets as their role models.

Live like your pet and go for a run

Live like your pet and go for a run

To showcase the lifestyle-changing power of pets, throughout January Blue Cross will be championing a selection of pets whose healthy and active lifestyles can be an inspiration to the many millions of Britons looking to make New Year’s changes. They are effectively the very first pets to become lifestyle role models for humans.

How the Blue Cross pet lifestyle role models can inspire humans to achieve their New Year goals:

Dogs : 52 per cent of Britons want to be more active as their path to better living. Dogs naturally enjoy exercise and are active and inquisitive, they love to be outside and they certainly make the most out of playtime, making them the ultimate role models for those humans resolved to getting more exercise.

What’s more, over a third (38 per cent) of those surveyed vowed to have a more positive outlook and attitude for 2018 and beyond, 32 per cent vowed to enjoy the little things more and 30 per cent are determined to learn a new skill. All of these are traits dogs have in plentiful supply.

Cats : For the Britons resolved to relaxing (36 per cent) and sleeping more (30 per cent), living in the moment (27 per cent) and getting more ‘me-time’ (16 per cent), cats are the perfect lifestyle role models. No matter how busy a cat’s daily schedule they will always find time to groom themselves, and they are the best at finding plenty of time for sleep. They also love to explore which expands their minds. It sounds like a pretty nice life, so when practicing mindfulness why not take a page out of a cat’s book to find more time for you next year.

All four-legged friends: Whether it’s dogs, cats, rabbits or horses, all pets are world-class at spending quality time with loved ones, showing affection to others and making them laugh and feel happy. These were all traits that Britons resolved to do more in 2018 (20 per cent, 24 per cent and 48 per cent respectively), proving that yet again it’s our fun-loving furries we should be turning to for lifestyle motivation.

When asked whether she draws motivation from her beloved pet, TV Presenter Gail Porter said “Anyone wanting to make a resolution to be a better friend need look no further than a cat for inspiration. My cat is always there for me. Good days, bad days, I am always assured of a cuddle and a wee head nudge. My adorable friend.”

Coronation Street star Georgia Taylor also added “I’m going to aspire to be more like my cat in 2018 by getting more time to myself and squeezing in every opportunity to get more sleep!”

Rudi likes to play

Rudi likes to play

Karly Smith, Blue Cross Animal Behaviorist comments: “We hope that showcasing the amazing effect that animals have on people’s lives, and the role they play as every day motivators will encourage Brits to look to their pets for inspiration when it comes to sticking to their resolutions in the new year. However, for our pets to act as role models, people need to play their role and be responsible pet owners to ensure animals of all shapes and sizes live healthy and happy lives.”

To take inspiration from the Blue Cross pet lifestyle role models for humans, visit the Blue Cross website ( or Facebook page ( in January. Join in the conversation on social media using #livelikeapet

Responsible owners will ensure pets can live their naturally healthy lifestyles. With this in mind, Blue Cross has provided five top tips on being a responsible pet owner to get the most out of your pet and allow it to be the ultimate lifestyle role model for you:

Blue Cross top tips

• Most dogs naturally enjoy exercise and love to get outdoors so it’s important when the weather is bad and they spend more time indoors to keep them (and you) active and mentally stimulated. –

• All pets live in the moment and get huge enjoyment from a game. Lose yourself in the moment by watching your cat entranced with a toy. –

• Dogs love to learn new tricks and skills and you can have fun teaching and learning from them, it can help make the bond between you even closer. –

• As well as pampering yourself, don’t forget grooming your pet is also important, especially for longhaired animals, with some animals even needing their coats trimmed when the hotter weather comes in –

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