Getting healthy doesn’t always mean you have to go through gruesome workouts. You have to consider that mental health and leisure time also play a factor in reducing stress and that in itself comes with awesome health benefits. Here are five hobbies you can take up, outside of the gym, to improve your overall health.
NON-SPORT HOBBIES ARE ALSO PART OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
The science is out on this age-old practice and it shows that meditation helps to better our lives in so many ways. From reducing stress to improved sleep patterns, meditation is a great way to start, finish or even break from a hectic day. Be sure to keep yourself free from any distractions (phone, laptop, outside noises or other people). Focus on breathing and clear your mind, the rest will fall into place.
2. MENTAL CHALLENGES
A strong mind is equally as important as a strong body. Dedicate a small portion of your day to challenging your mind. Whether it’s brain exercises or learning a new language, these mental exercises help keep your brain active and can offset diseases such as Alzheimer’s as we grow older.
3. KEEP A JOURNAL/BLOG ENTRIES
A great way to hold yourself accountable or even to relieve mental stress is to take the thoughts in your head and put them somewhere else. Keeping a daily journal entry allows you to clear your mind and get a load of stuff off your chest without having to divulge personal stuff to other people.
Not only does gardening itself help you to burn calories, but the fact that you’re growing your own organic food is a double benefit. There’s no better way to know what is in your food than to grow it yourself. Free from pesticides and hormones, you can rest assured knowing that you’re gardening your way to a better you.
5. DANCE CLASSES
Have you ever seen someone not having a good time while dancing? Taking up a dance class is a fun way to burn calories, improve coordination and you can also make new friends in a fun social setting. There are many styles that you can choose from, so take your time and find the style that’s right for you. And if you think it’s not a “guy thing”, perhaps you’re right.
For the most part, dance classes are predominantly full of women. So yes, it is time to get in the gym if you want to get in shape.