Nearly half of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions each year – everything from getting fit to trying new things. Yet, only 8% of Americans actually achieve their resolutions and desired goals. But, did you know that pets parents may find a surprising source of inspiration and much-needed motivation with their pet? 

Here are just a few ways your dog, cat, puppy or kitty can keep you on-track to keeping your New Year’s resolutions all year long:

Pets are Really Great at Relieving Stress

Nearly every year, one New Year’s Resolution topping the list is to reduce stress. Pet parents have an advantage here as studies show pets help reduce stress simply by petting, hugging – or better yet – playing with them!

Bonus Benefit: feeling frustrated about achieving your New Year’s Resolution goals? Simply hug your dog or cat to reduce your stress levels!

New Year's Resolutions Pet Relieve Stress

Pets Make Great Exercise Buddies

Okay, so maybe your cat can’t spot you during your bench press routine, but pets (especially dogs) really can provide the inspiration  you need to keep in shape. All pets need activity to stay mentally and physically fit, and since they can’t take walks alone, the health benefits rub off onto you too.

The American Veterinary Medical Association strongly recommends pet parents walk their pets for both the parent’s and the pet’s health (we wrote about the benefits of walking your dog last year here). This is an easy way to get moving and on-track with those fitness-based resolutions.

New Year's Resolutions Pet Exercise Buddy

Pets Help You Try New Things

Pets can be a great inspiration for trying new activities. For example, getting together with other like-minded pet parents for doggie play-groupsetting off for a weekend in the woods or trying a new sport can be better with your pet.  

Bonus Benefit: You’ll probably meet new people along the way, which may satisfy yet another of your New Year’s resolutions in the process.

New Year's Resolutions Pet Try New Things

Pets Help You Stick to Your Routines

Research shows the best way to keep your New Year’s Resolutions is to start with a routine. For pet parents, routines are already important with flea and tick treatments, grooming, vet visits, teeth-brushing and walks. Simply look to apply the discipline of your pet parent routine to one or more of your New Year’s resolutions. For example, break down a resolution into daily tasks, weekly routines, and an ongoing schedule for best success.

New Year's Resolutions Pet Routine

If you’re a pet parent, look no further than your four-legged family member to inspire and motivate you with your New Year’s Resolutions. With your pet by your side, you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

What other ways have your pets helped you keep your word? Tell us in the comments below!