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3 Hobbies That Can Improve Overall Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Do you have hobbies? For some people, hobbies are a given. They've had hobbies throughout their entire lives, and they enjoy participating on a regular basis. But for others, hobbies kind of disappeared with age. Who has time for that, right? The truth is that hobbies are really good for our overall health, and they're crucial to happiness. If you  lack hobbies in your life, take a look at these three hobbies that can improve your overall health and keep you interested and learning too. 

Reading and Writing

Both reading and writing are great stimulation for the brain. And this is a habit that's really easy to do. Choose any books that suit your interest. You can find these at your local library, or you can do a quick search on Amazon. Once you get the reading habit down, buy a journal and do a little writing every day. You can write about anything you like. You may be surprised at how much of a challenge this is, and how much fun it is too. Use reading and writing to keep yourself mentally well, and the rest of your health will likely follow.


Getting into hiking is a great way to improve your overall health and get some time outdoors. Getting outside helps you breathe fresh air, get natural movement, and soak in some wonderful sunshine. But it doesn't have to be just hiking. You could also get into fishing or biking or bird watching. When you get into a hobby like this, it can open the doors to new healthy hobbies that allow you to get out of your house and away from technology.


This is a hobby that can be good for your health in multiple ways. First, gardening is work! It will burn calories and help build muscles. Second, gardening is good for your mental health. There's something about growing and spending time with all of that life that encourages better mental wellness. And third, gardening is good for creating balance in your life. If you have a tiny bit of space and some time, start a small garden to boost your health and feel better about your life too. If you're growing food, even better.

Hobbies are so key in life. They keep us interested and engaged and moving -- three things that are absolutely critical for good health. If you need somewhere to begin, use these hobbies as a starting point. With some simple additions to your day, you can enjoy good health and a happier life in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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