Everyone has got a hobby, something they really enjoy doing. For example mine is writing, and researching. On the other hand some people think that hobbies or hobbies are a way to “kill” time; something when there is nothing better to do. Whatever the case, having hobbies you enjoy are good. And even better, they might be very beneficial to your health and wellbeing.
According to several studies carried out in the United States and published by the WHO, having a hobby is not only good for mental health, but also for health in general.
This is because when a person is doing something that he likes or enjoys, his brain secretes more of the so-called “happiness hormones” (such as endorphin and serotonin) and less of those known as “stress hormones”. “-the cortisol is one of them (that contribute to weaken the immune system).
As is well known, it is the first defense front of your body against diseases. When it is not strong and functioning optimally, it leaves you vulnerable to all kinds of health problems, from a simple cold to cancer and heart disease.
However, beyond the benefits they bring to health. Hobbies such as gardening, reading, embroidery or cooking are a simple, fun and generally inexpensive way to enrich your life. People who live “from work to home and from home to work” discover a new source of pleasure that revitalizes them.
If you are thinking about reliving an interest from the past, or retaking that hobby that you left as your obligations accumulated. In any case, whether you have a hobby or a desiring to have a hobby, you will learn about 5 enjoybable hobbies and how they are beneficial to your health.
A lot of people today love to travel, it is easier since we don’t use horses or camels anymore. Traveling for a vacation, a friendly visit or an occasion can sound so enjoyable for travel lovers. Here is how traveling benefits your health.
Traveling takes your mind of stressful conditions and therefore, offer you a healthy mental vacation of your problems. This helps reduce stress.
Another benefit of traveling is that it exposes you to different environment, which could boost your immune system against diseases. For instance, while traveling to a country you might get a small infection, and when you recover from it, your immune system will be more equipped to better fight that disease, anywhere, anytime. Traveling might also prolong your life expectancy.
SEE ALSO: 10 Most Common Travel Related Diseases And How To Prevent Them
You might have probably heard that reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body, that notion is very correct.
Reading is such a great hobby, Although many will not read something they do not enjoy reading or have an interest in. How does reading benefit your health?
Therefore, they help improve memory and keep cognitive functions in optimal condition. This promotes mental agility, making you feel alert and interested in life. Do not forget that exercising your brain through reading brain helps combat the mental deterioration that can occur over the years. Reading is also a great way to manage stress and boost your mental wellness. Note, reading here, means reading a book (non fiction), novel or detailed article. Not something like your friends Facebook feeds or Snapchat story.
Dancing is one hobby that a plethora of people find enjoyable.
Dancing is a hobby that requires some physical activity, so you can expect it go have a lot of health benefits. So, what are the health benefits of dancing? It is a fun way to exercise and stay in great physical shape.
Dancing is also a great form of aerobic exercise, which improves the condition of your heart and lungs.
It is even possible to shed a few pounds through dancing… (salsa dancing, definitely).
There are so many types of dance that people enjoy based on there locality and engaging in it frequently can help you get healthy. For example, dancing can give you a good muscle strength, stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis, so make sure you dance after reading this article.
By the way, dabbing won’t give you any of these benefits I mentioned.
Another hobby that is very common is socializing, which involves chatting and hanging out with friends.
This hobby require you to spend time with other people, such as a group of friends, relatives, sports members and even new people. This puts you in touch with people who share your interests and, therefore, enhances social life. This in turn improves your social health, and helps eliminating risks of depression.
This can also promote communication between you and others and improve interpersonal relationships.
Another hobby I decided to include was gardening. Yes, gardening might seem like a job to some, but is actually a very beneficial hobby. You might wonder, how is gardening beneficial to my healthy? First, gardening in the morning gives you vitamin D from the sun, which leads to increased calcium level in the body and hence, stronger bones and better health.
Gardening keeps you healthy and is a great form of aerobic exercise. It also enhances your mood, combats feelings of loneliness and depression.
6. Lock Picking
Many people are amazed at how characters in movies can open doors with a hairpin or a pick, but not a lot of them know that they can easily learn how to do that too. Lock picking is a mentally stimulating hobby that people who like to work their brain and hands will find rewarding and enjoyable. It’s easy to get started too. You only need a basic lock picking tool set and a couple of practice locks. Then you can learn how to use these tools and different lock picking techniques through free video tutorials on YouTube or guides on the internet. Learning how to pick locks will help keep your brain sharp and your hands agile.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed reading the article. I also hope you get a new hobby, which is visiting my blog to read my articles.
What hobbies do you enjoy, let me know below in the comment box and please don’t forger to share.
I love all the hobbies you mentioned. And it is true what you are saying. I neglected my writing for a while and couldn't cope with work stress as that time.
Love all of those hobbies you mentioned here, but my favorites are nr. 1 and 3. 🙂
I really like to travel and hope to do more of it this year. These are all great hobbies that you can enjoy and that help you relieve stress and have a healthier life.
I already read a lot so I guess I am all got ont hat front. I love gardening! Such relaxing and soothing! SOmething else I love is biking!
I recently started traveling and already see an improvement in quality of life. I’ve even tried my hand at gardening now that I am a homeowner and was able to grow some zucchini and jalapenos. This list is great and I can attest to the fact that these activities are truly beneficial!
Woohoo, I'm glad to see reading is on the list. I do a lot of that. My Mom LOVES to garden, but unfortunately I have a black thumb.
I really should try gardening. It's the only thing in the list that I don't currrently do!
I love to garden in the warm weather. I find it so rewarding to see what you can grow. In the winter I like to crochet. I find it helps me calm my mind and gives me something to focus on.
Traveling and reading are my top 2 for sure. It is important to take time for yourself
I love to read novels. They relax me and take me to another world, a better one. I also enjoy traveling. We can't fly because my husband is afraid of flying and going with a bus makes my legs hurts, but when we get there, then is when the magic begins.
I have to agree with traveling! It's always therapeutic to me!
You forgot crocheting and knitting. They are super therapeutic and calming! I love reading too!
I can't agree more! All of them are very important for the physical and psychical health. 🙂
Of course that too.
I love reading and dancing. Dancing is great because exercise also increases those endorphins you are talking about. Reading is a much cheaper escape than traveling – but I'd like to do that, too.
Traveling is truely the best hobby ever. I don’t travel very often (4-6 times a year) but it’s a huge joy. Meeting interesting people old and new as well as reading is great for mental relaxation daily.
The best would be traveling! I like learning about other culture and appreciate beautiful places. The list is socializing, I am an introvert and I feel exhausted when I'm around people.
My hobby now is reading, it keeps me relaxed. I want to travel more tho.
I recently got back into reading. I love picking up a good book after a long day of work to relax.
I agree with you, especially about gardening. It's literally soothing yet very physical.
I love gardening and it can be done in any season 😀
Those are some great suggestions. Popular over here in the UK are also swimming and cycling, as they're nice and easy on the body.
I love these suggestions in your post. Dancing and traveling are my favorites in this list. Thanks for sharing.
Hands up for the travel! I'd love to do gardening but still working on it. I am afraid my plants won't grow as I don't have a green thumb.
Thank you! This was a cute articl. I actually have some of these hobbies but i lost my motivation to do them, this inspired me again!
I read at least three books a month, so its nice to know that its good for my health!