Health Benefits of Having a Hobby

I was driving past a car wash the other day, and the sign read "Take pride in your ride." I thought, what a great concept to instill in ourselves!

If you think about it, your body is "your ride" for life and it needs regular maintenance! If we take care of it, then hopefully it will serve us well for many years. In my previous blogs, I emphasized the importance of a healthy lifestyle via food, working out, my weight loss journey, and now I'd like to talk about hobbies and how they can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. What is a hobby?

A hobby is an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure, also known as what do you like to do for fun or relaxation.

Everybody has different ideas about what is fun. What's fun for one person may seem like work for another, but at the end of the day a hobby is what makes you happy. And while finding a hobby isn't just about being happy, it's an essential factor that we should all strive for when looking for a new hobby. Why do it if it doesn't?!?

There are many physical and mental health benefits from having a hobby like reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, improving brain function, increasing social skills, contribute to better work-life, just to name a few. Depending on your hobby, you may experience all of these and more. A hobby does not have to be an extraordinary thing. It can be something as simple as yard work.

I have a friend who is starting this intense 6-week boot camp, and it's going to require a lot of willpower to stay focused on her diet, and mind. She texted me saying, "I need a hobby." She knew the chance of her being bored, could allow her to slip up on her diet. Having a hobby occupies her empty time, and will enable her to focus on something other than food and alcohol. I gave her some suggestions and even offered to try some new things with her. If you've never really been someone who is into different things, it can be a little intimidating trying to find what you like.

What do you like to do?

What is something you would like to try? I asked a couple of my co-workers, and one of my clients for some of their interest to get a general idea of people's hobbies. But I'll start with myself first. I like being active and outdoors. Last year I started horseback riding, I love every minute of being with the horses. A couple of weeks ago, I signed up for a boxing class. I almost didn't go because I was nervous. Once there, my trainer informed me I had nothing to worry about, and that it wasn't going to be a large class. So much fun!! I added boxing to my weekly activities. I've also started a photography class at the Durham Arts Council, and plan on taking a cooking class with the Durham Spirits Co in the future.

Suzanne - To take care of myself, I pray and have Bible study. I enjoy hiking/biking (the ENO is always lovely), gardening, and working with my hands, whether it's crafting, sewing, or stained glass work.

Sarah - I just started a Rolfing series, I'm currently training for a half marathon, so the Rolfing is very needed. I enjoy doing anything in the yard and spending time with my grandma. I also recently took an art class and interior design class that I enjoyed.

Julie - I love to read. Sitting out on my screened porch, when the season permits, relaxes me. I also love cooking, working in the garden, and just being outdoors. I got a Stand-Up Paddle(SUP)board for Christmas so I'm out on the water as often as possible!

Earl - I read and meditate daily and try to apply what I have learned to my life, especially something from the Bible. I enjoy traveling, speaking at different churches, golfing, and being outside. I could be on a lawnmower for a couple of hours and not even know it. Usually, that's the time I take to pray and meditate. I used to be a machinist, so working with my hands and seeing results satisfies me.

With increased technology and all the hustle and bustle of life, it's important to unplug, and a hobby is a great way to do that.

I hope by the end of this blog you have some ideas for a hobby if you don't already have one! It can be something along the lines of growing a garden or taking a class. Just google your interest and put in the name of your city and you're sure to find something! There's always something going on in the Bull City and surrounding areas. Make sure you call or check out current conditions or requirements as COVID 19 has changed a few things! Outdoors is always better and who doesn't need more Vitamin D? Check these Bull City attractions out: Durham Arts Council, Duke Gardens, Durham Performing Arts Center, The Eno, Durham Garden Center, Riverwalk Hillsborough, and Triangle Rock Club. Have fun with whatever you do!!

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