Did you discover a new hobby recently? If you haven’t, consider adopting one if you want to benefit your physical and mental well-being.
You don’t get out of bed in the morning simply to work, pay bills, nosh on a salad or two, and repeat. Your interests make life worth living. Many of the healthy hobbies on this list require little to no investment outside of your time. An added bonus? All of them can be done on your own, or with others. Up to you!
Now — get up off the couch and start exploring your passions today!
How Hobbies Benefit Your Mental and Physical Health
Healthy hobbies benefit you in multiple ways. It’s a snap to see how they improve your physical well-being. For example, if you spend every weekend hiking up mountains, you’ll increase your heart rate and lower blood pressure while building muscle, strengthening your bones and losing weight. Puttering in the garden likewise elevates your pulse, and heavy-duty hoeing and weeding can leave you feeling pleasantly sore.
The perks don’t stop below your neckline. After a tough day at the office, spending an hour on the yoga mat or strolling down a tree-lined avenue relieves mental strain better than happy hour drinks — without the hangover. If you have no energy left, sitting quietly in meditation requires no muscles at all. The effects on your neurotransmitter levels are entirely beneficial.
How can you discover a hobby you love? Here’s the fun part — it takes trial and error. Here are 12 suggestions to get you started.