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HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

HOBBIES FOR A HEALTHIER YOU

Hobbies can provide a whole lot of fun, but they offer much more than pure leisure and recreation. Individuals who engage in hobbies tend to experience a refreshed mind, increased physical activity, and an overall happier disposition.

Immune system
Consistent physical activity may regulate certain chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and diabetes. Examples of such hobbies include regular exercise and sports which can be modified into different levels to suit the person’s functional abilities.

Memory
A number of hobbies stimulate the mind, especially those that require problem solving skills. Completing a given task, for instance jigsaw puzzles and word searches, challenge the memory function to get a little more practice than usual.

Stress management
Hobbies do their share in helping a person relieve everyday stresses by rechanneling pent-up energy or creating a calmer environment. Some mind-soothing hobbies to explore are cooking, gardening, singing, or playing a musical instrument.

Self-esteem
When hidden talents are validated by successful engagement in a hobby, it can help improve self-esteem. At the same time, leisure activities open new doors for social connections which also increase one’s confidence around people.

Flexibility
Hobbies that require the proper stretching of muscles can have positive physical effects. Try out a Tai Chi session or two, learn new dance steps, or do some yoga.

Sleep
Having added activities during the day may result into more restful sleep. It is important, however, to schedule them earlier in the day to give the body enough time to wind down before hitting the sack. Better sleep can go a long way in improving health and wellness!

http://www.beliefnet.com/Health/Healthy-Living/Best-Hobbies.aspx
http://www.linkedsenior.com/2012/10/6-health-benefits-of-having-hobbies-leisure-activities.html
http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Choose-a-Hobby

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