The shutdown caused by the 2020 pandemic gave a lot of people more free time, which led to a lot of new hobbies. You may have put those hobbies back up on the shelf as the world has opened back up and the busyness of life has returned. But having hobbies—especially healthy ones—is a great way to improve your overall wellness and quality of life. It might be time to take up those pandemic time-passers or perhaps take on a new healthy hobby to begin enjoying now. Here are a handful of the most beneficial hobbies that you should consider.
Without a doubt, gardening is one of the absolute best hobbies out there. The benefits are seriously endless: you spend more time in nature which is good for the body and soul, you get more exercise from tending to the garden regularly, and you have direct access to healthy fruits and vegetables. The healthiest communities and cultures garden non-stop, and they get all these advantages that add to their long lives and overall wellness. If you think gardening is “just for old people,” we challenge you to go weed a garden for even half an hour and see how much work it is and how much you sweat! The great thing is you can garden year-round. Consider indoor gardening, rooftop gardening, and other gardening-like alternatives to get many of the vast benefits of this great hobby.
2. Knitting, Crocheting, or Sewing
There’s something extremely satisfying about creating something with your hands. And when that thing you created is useful, the end result is even more fulfilling. Imagine creating a hat, a scarf, a sweater, or some variety of clothing or other useful fabric item—that’s just cool! In addition to having something awesome to show for your hard work, the actual act of knitting, crocheting, and sewing has numerous benefits. It helps you relax and eases stress and tension. It can help get your mind off difficult circumstances or consuming thoughts. One study done by the University of Oxford found that 74% of participants who were struggling with anorexia actually experienced lessened fears and clearer minds after knitting!
If calm, seated activities aren’t your cup of tea, take to the dance floor for a new hobby! Dancing is an obvious way to improve your health due to the high level of activity and movement, as well as the joy and accomplishment you’ll feel when you master a new move or learn a new step. Dancing also improves your physical health by improving your balance, flexibility, and overall coordination, and it can be a great way to better your relationships as well as your memory.
Although it has some strange stigmas associated with it, meditation is a hugely beneficial hobby that you should consider. It doesn’t have to be weird or religious—it’s simply about mindfulness and physical awareness, which is great for your mental, emotional, and physical health. There’s something extremely powerful about sitting still and being quiet. It can not only improve your immune function and decrease stress, but it also lowers your blood pressure and improves your mood.
No matter what new hobby you want to try out, we encourage you to find something you love that is also good for your health. While you’re on the road to improving your health, be sure to set up a consultation with Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic. He can help you take important steps on your health journey to improve your physical health and overall wellness with neurologically-based chiropractic care. Contact Greater Life Chiropractic today!
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Zetlin, M. “The World’s Longest-Living People Share This Hobby—Why Studies Say It Can Help Add Years to Your Life.” CNBC Health and Wellness, 2020 July. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/29/people-who-live-100-longer-share-this-hobby-longevity-experts-say-it-can-add-years-to-life.html