In this week’s article I would like to point out 5 hobbies that not only can bring joy to yourself but also have a positive boost to your health.
WRITING – It may seem counterproductive to sit at a desk with a pad and pen or a laptop and reap health benefits, however writing has been shown to have benefits for both mental and physical health.
Improvements in memory, stress levels and sleep have all been attributed to writing. In fact, many people who have a difficult time sleeping, due to their mind wandering or racing, can benefit greatly by jotting down their thoughts at night. Writing things down allows the mind to relax and rest and not be stressed over the things that you might be afraid of forgetting.
MUSIC – Whether just listening to, or playing music, improvements in mood, anxiety, stress, and your immune system have all been recognized as neurochemical benefits to music. Music can take you back to times of significant pleasure and joy and fond memories.
Because one side of your brain responds to words and the other side responds to beats or rhythm, neurobiologists incorporate music into therapy sessions for stroke victims, head trauma patients, autistic/ADHD patients, etc.
DANCING – Dancing has a whole range of health benefits, most notably cardiovascular, muscular, and improvements in stamina. However, one improvement you may not be aware of is improved balance.
With more than 2.8 million older people being treated in emergency departments as a result of fall injuries, and increases in death rates due to accidental falls, doing whatever you can to improve balance is highly advisable.
GARDENING – I think we can all agree that being outside offers many health benefits. Studies show that working outside leads to a decline in Vitamin D deficiency, lower incidence of dementia, stroke and heart disease.
I would caution you however that bending and twisting movements involved with yard work need to be within your comfort zone and you should be focused on proper ergonomics so as not to injure yourself or pull muscles, etc.
PETS – Having a pet can help us to be healthy in many different ways. In addition to providing us with exercise, outdoor activities and socialization, studies show that p[et ownership lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, cortisol, inflammation, feelings of loneliness, etc.
Studies also show that pet ownership can help children to have fewer allergies by modulating the immune system.
If you currently have a hobby, I hope that you can find the health benefits that your hobby has to offer. If you do not have a hobby, perhaps this article can give you some ideas of healthy hobbies worth pursuing.
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