These Hobbies Will Help You Lead a Healthy and Fulfilling Life
Looking for hobbies to pair with Social Dancing? Our guest blogger Julie Morris has some great ones to consider that will assist your body and brain function and help with becoming a better dancer and a more engaged human!
Regardless of your age, one of the best things you can do for your overall health is to engage in lifelong learning. That means learning doesn’t stop with high school or college. It doesn’t even stop with continuing education or retirement. Learning has intellectual, cognitive, social, and economic benefits for every age group — from children to seniors — and that’s why having a mentally engaging hobby is important for anyone who wants to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Whether you’re in grade school, in the middle of your golden years, or anywhere in between, here are some good hobbies to consider adding to your weekly routine.
Yoga is one of the best overall exercises for people of all generations. Unlike most physical fitness routines, it focuses on the mind, body, soul, and spirit by employing poses, deep breathing, and meditation. Along with increasing physical endurance, strength, and flexibility, yoga also improves focus and relieves stress and anxiety. One of the best things about yoga is that it can be done in several different settings: at home, in a private session, in a class, and so on. If you want to do it at home, it takes little to equipment; just purchase a mat and clear out an area on the floor to get started.
Learn a New Language
If you’re up for a thrilling challenge, pick up a new language. Not only will it impress others, it will improve your memory, increase your attention span, and boost your problem-solving skills. Learning a new language also helps you gain a more complex understanding of language structure in general, so it can improve your usage of your native language. According to National Geographic, it can be beneficial for older adults and has been associated with delaying Alzheimer’s. There are numerous online tutorials and lessons for pretty much any language you can think of, and you could always check at your local colleges for any classes offered.
Learn to Sculpt
Sculpting is almost therapeutic in nature; it’s a great way to relieve stress, and it can declutter and calm your mind. The artistic side of sculpting fosters creative thinking and enhances problem-solving skills. It stimulates the whole brain, and the brain, in turn, grows new neurons, which can help combat cognitive decline. Furthermore, creating something with your hands brings a sense of accomplishment, and it can play a part in boosting self-confidence.
Develop your Green Thumb
Gardening is loaded with benefits, and in many ways, it’s the ideal hobby for someone of any age who wants to spend a moment away from a fast-paced life. It’s the ultimate activity if you’re looking to unplug from the digital age, relax, and unwind. Like the previously mentioned hobbies, gardening can help reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and fight cognitive decline. Additionally, it’s known to improve hand strength and dexterity, cardiovascular health, and immune regulation. Gardening can also help those who are battling depression.
Assist Your Recovery
The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of practicing a good hobby make it especially helpful to those who are recovering from substance abuse. But one of the most critical aspects of having a hobby is what it can do for your social life. According to DrugRehab.org, “One of the hardest parts of being in recovery is feeling like you’re alone, or feeling uncomfortable around others while you’re in a fragile emotional state. Having a hobby can help you set the tone of your social encounters as well as keep them short and sweet; make a date with a friend to go for a swim or head to a DIY pottery class together.”
Learning new skills is something for people of all ages to aspire to, and it offers benefits for everyone. There are plenty of hobbies to try online or with a group of friends that will continue your learning and bring you loads of health benefits.
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