If you want to feel younger, get a dog.

Daily Mail reports:

Forget punishing gym routines and expensive beauty creams. If you want to feel younger, get a dog.

Dog owners act ten years younger than their age, a study found.

The St Andrews University research showed that they not only more active, they are also mentally fitter.

Researcher Dr Zhiqiang Feng said: ‘It is well known that pet ownership may help alleviate feelings of loneliness and depression in older people, but one area that has received little attention is the effect of dog ownership on the physical activity levels of the elderly.

‘Our results show that dog ownership is associated with an increased level of physical activity in the over-65s. On average, older dog owners were 12 per cent more active than their counterparts who did not own a dog.’