Hobbies not only provide leisure and pleasure, but they can also benefit your health. Today we’re going to look at three aspects of hobbies: how they can help us be healthy, how to choose or modify a hobby for your needs, and what some good hobbies are to try.

Hobbies Benefit Health

Leading a healthy lifestyle can add to the longevity and quality of your life, but studies show that participating in hobbies and staying socially active are equally as important. Hobbies can provide both physical and mental health benefits by giving you a space to expend your time and energy. Here are some ways that hobbies influence health.

Reduce Distress/Increase Eustress

Studies have shown that participating in hobbies and leisurely actives can lower your heart rate, reducing distress (negative stress) and bringing about calm. Eustress (positive stress) is our positive reaction to situations that present a challenge, whether that is a fun challenge like finishing a blanket for a grandchild’s birthday, or a more difficult challenge like running a race. Being a part of activities that bring about eustress can motivate and focus your energy, providing incentive to complete whatever task is at hand.

Increase Mobility and Flexibility

Participating in hobbies that require some physical exertion can assist in keeping your limbs moving properly.  Activities such as golf, water aerobics, swimming, walking, and yoga can assist in stretching your muscles, improving flexibility, and maintaining hand-eye coordination. Additionally, hobbies that promote physical activity can prevent any ailments or current health conditions, such as arthritis, from becoming worse.  

Raise Self-Esteem

Hobbies can psychologically boost your mood.  Taking part in activities that you enjoy and take pride in leads to confidence and inward positivity, which raises your endorphin and dopamine levels. Being in communication with others, taking pride in what you do/create, and sharing that pride can help motivate your mind and significantly decrease feelings of sadness and ward off depression.

Improve Memory

Participating in hobbies that require some physical exertion can assist in keeping your limbs moving properly.  Activities such as golf, water aerobics, swimming, walking, and yoga can assist in stretching your muscles, improving flexibility, and maintaining hand-eye coordination. Additionally, hobbies that promote physical activity can prevent any ailments or current health conditions, such as arthritis, from becoming worse.  

Choose/Modify A Hobby

There may be challenges that prevent you from doing your preferred hobby, but there are also ways to make your hobby accessible. For example, if you enjoy gardening but are in a wheelchair, there are elevated gardens that are wheelchair accessible for ease of use. If there is a program you are interested in but not sure about your accessibility, talk to the program director and they may have some modifications and ideas!

As you go about finding a hobby (or even multiple hobbies) to take part in it is important to choose activities that are enjoyable to you, safe, and appropriate for your mobility. We’ve come up with a list of hobbies that may spark an interest. Some other great resources are the local library or senior center! They can often steer you towards groups, events, and hobbies to participate in within the community.

  • Make a video/movie
  • Write a book
  • Sing in a community/church choir
  • Swim/water aerobics
  • Enroll in a dance class
  • Take up gardening
  • Golf
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Decorate cakes/cookies
  • Photography
  • Woodworking
  • Mentor a child/young adult/younger man or woman
  • Delve into your family history

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