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The best hobbies to improve health

Hobbies provide full and productive use of our free time, and our personalities are often tied to the interests we choose to pursue when we are not working, sleeping, or not spending time with our loved ones.

Let’s take a look at five hobbies to improve our health.

Dancing: a fun way to exercise

Dancing has a wide range of health benefits and is an easy and accessible way to exercise for most people. It is a gentle exercise for the body. Almost everyone enjoys moving their body to music, even if we are alone in the comfort of our own home; there is no right or wrong way to dance. Just do what makes you feel good.

How does dancing keep us healthy?

First of all, dancing is a great cardiovascular workout, and we know that cardiovascular workouts help improve cardiovascular health, increase endurance, and strengthen bones and muscles. Specifically, a 2011 review that examined 94 studies with 9,917 participants also found that dancing at least three times a week appeared to improve balance in the elderly. This is important because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year 2.8 million older people are treated in the emergency room for injuries caused by falls.

Dancing is also good for brain health. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found an association between regular dance excursions and a 76% reduction in the risk of dementia.

Gardening: good for the brain

Gardening may not initially seem like exercise, but studies have shown a host of health benefits associated with keeping your yard in order. First, the simple action of pulling weeds, planting, and reaching for tools all contribute to a subtle form of aerobic exercise, which we know helps work muscles and increases strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Writing: a wonder for memory and stress

Sitting at a desk with a laptop or pen and paper can’t be good for your health, right? Surprise, writing has been linked to a number of mental and physical health benefits, including improvements in memory, stress levels, and sleep, among other things.

Several studies, for example, have found that writing about their experiences helps cancer patients come to terms with their illnesses, helping them resist stress and improve physical outcomes.

In general, writing is a great tool for self-expression, and while journaling about trauma can be cathartic, there are also potential social benefits to writing for a public audience. Blogs, for example, can help people forge new relationships and build communities around their interests.

Music: the best medicine

Listening to music can also benefit mental and physical health. In 2013, a review of several studies suggested that music can boost the body’s immune system, lower levels of stress and anxiety, and alleviate depression.

Among patients awaiting surgery, listening to music was found to be more effective in reducing anxiety than prescription drugs, and listening to and playing music was linked to lower levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone.”

Pets: Good for the heart

Pets of all kinds can be wonderful companions and can help us be healthier in many ways. According to the CDC, owning a pet not only provides opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities, and socializing, it can also help lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and feelings of loneliness.

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