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How Having a Hobby Improves Your Health

By Brandi Swieter 

Staying active and busy is a great way to remain healthy. Having a hobby can help with this, depending on the type of hobby it is. Although playing video games may not be the best option if being active is the goal, there are plenty of ways to make a hobby more worthwhile for health.

Reduces Stress

Having something to look forward to and focus on is an easy way to reduce stress. People who feel they have nothing they enjoy in life tend to feel stress more often and experience poor health because of it. Anyone struggling with stress can start up a hobby and find something they can enjoy to ease the feelings of tension they have.

Keeps You Active

As long as a hobby is chosen that involves some sort of movement, doing it often will help people remain active. It may even burn some calories and promote fitness. A love for video games can even fall under this category as long as people take their hobby and evolve it so utilizes a physical aspect. The Wii was one of the first systems to do this, making people stand up and interact with the game instead of sitting down. Games like Just Dance and Wii Sports are some options that help in this sort of case.

Helps You Focus

Taking time away from the daily stresses of life can really help you focus your mind. Those wanting to enhance their mental health and well-being should try a hobby. It will help them refocus their energy on something healthy instead of thinking about all the negative that is going on around them.

Promotes Better Sleep

People who are happier and healthier tend to sleep better. Those who struggle with mental health issues or who are otherwise dealing with stress often fail to get enough rest at night. Having a hobby that’s enjoyable and keeps the mind at ease will help a person get better sleep. This is especially true if the hobby involves exercise, which is another way to promote sleep.

Having a hobby can be extremely beneficial for the mind and body. Try out something new and watch how your health changes the more you engage in the activity. Music lessons, dancing, surfing, and painting are just a few of the choices with countless others on the list to explore.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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