5 Hobbies That Can Improve Your Health

A hobby can be much more than a fun

Hobbies serve to spend our time in a productive way and the essence of our identities is tied to the interests we choose to pursue when we are not working, sleeping or spending time with people we love.

Of course, most of us adopt a hobby because we like it. But, as you are about to discover, a hobby can be much more than a diversion. Let's take a look at five hobbies that can improve your health in 2018.

Dancing: A fun way to exercise

Dance has several benefits besides being an easy and affordable way of doing exercises for most people. Think about it: you just need to put some songs and call a friend or two. Anyone can dance! Remember there is no one right way to dance. Do what's good for you.

In addition, dance takes your body into consideration - you can try your best or set a more comfortable routine that is right for you. Besides being fun, and less painful than other exercises, dancing is a social activity, which is very important for overall well-being.

How does dancing keep us healthy?

Firstly, dancing is a great cardiac exercise, improving cardiovascular health, increasing energy and strengthening muscles and bones. A 2011 study also found that dancing improves the balance of older people.

Dancing is also good for brain health. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported an association between regular dancing and a 76% reduction in the risk of dementia. If dance does so well for health, why not rock your body in the rhythm of music?

Gardening is good for the brain

First, the simple actions of pulling weeds, planting and searching for tools contribute to a subtle form of aerobic exercise, which we know helps to work muscles and increases strength, endurance and flexibility. Also, just staying outdoors does well. A 2014 study found that regular gardening and cycling reduce the likelihood of vitamin D deficiency in older people.

There is an association between lowering the risk of dementia and gardening, with one study reporting a 36% lower risk of dementia among the people who tended their gardens on a daily basis. Both gardening and do-it-yourself have been linked to a reduction in the risk of heart attack and stroke by as much as 30% in a 2013 study.

Music is medicine

Playing and listening to music can also benefit mental and physical health. One review suggested that music can boost the body's immune system, lower levels of stress and anxiety, and relieve depression.

Among patients awaiting surgery, it was found that listening to music is more effective in reducing anxiety than prescribed medications and is still associated with lower levels of cortisol, the "stress hormone."

Pets: good for the heart

Pets can be wonderful companions. According to the CDC, owning a pet can not only provide opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socializing, it can also help lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, blood pressure and feeling of loneliness.

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 03:55 PM