Lounge Tip # 8

Lounge tip # 8: Explore your hobbies.

Many people feel that hobbies are a waste of time.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Hobbies actually have many health benefits.  It helps to relieve stress from the day,  ease depression, improve mood and immune system and have multiple health benefits so make time for your favourite hobby.

Exercise for your body

  • Any physically active leisure pursuit is going to have positive health benefits
  • If time alone is what you need most, going for a bike ride or a swim or a walk are great ways of making a temporary escape
  • If solitude is the last thing you need you can find something you can do with others—a walking club, a tennis club, a class at the gym

Exercise for your mind

  • Staying mentally active may actually help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia
  • Doing anything stimulating—playing cards or board games, doing crossword puzzles, reading or going to the museum or art gallery may minimize age-related memory loss

Social Connections

  • We need the support of, and connection to, other people to maintain good health
  • Having social support and feeling included can influence whether we are healthy or not
  • Hobbies can help us feel connected
  • Hobbies can help make the transition from working life to retirement smooth and enjoyable
  • Thinking ahead, having different interests and being engaged with others are two important ways to age success

Here are some hobbies you can try if you don’t have one

  • scrapbook
  • photography
  • baking
  • gardening
  • cooking
  • journaling
  • stamping
  • crocheting
  • biking
  • hiking
  • rollerskating
  • swimming
  • singing
  • playing an instrument
  • walking
  • reading
  • knitting
  • sewing
  • embrodering
  • pottery
  • painting
  • drawing
  • sculpting
  • decorating
  • collecting
  • woodworking
  • beading

The list can go on and on.  What ever you enjoy doing can be your hobbie.  So have fun doing your hobbie or try one of these.

Kalisha and Reneca

Source:changing gears

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2 Responses

  1. Great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Very nice post and quite encouraging with all the choices you provide. Thanks!

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