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Lifestyle 26 Apr 2017

Unexpected Benefits of Having a Hobby

6 reasons to adopt an activity to help maximise your free time

We all know the physical health benefits of engaging in outdoor activities and sports, but leisure and recreational activities also contribute to our overall wellness and good health. Here are some of the benefits your favorite pastime can offer:

Improve your timekeeping

Having a hobby or regular activity planned can help you use your time more effectively, allowing you to complete and achieve more.

Enhance your immune system

Engaging in a regular physical activity can help boost your immune system and can help to prevent or maintain control in chronic illness, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some types of cancer. Improve your overall quality of life and regularly go for a bike ride or a walk with friends.

Immerse yourself and boost self-esteem

We are only truly invigorated by active leisure – something you can completely lose yourself in. Time flies, self-consciousness disappears and you become fully immersed in the activity. Having a hobby gives you purpose, brings you pride, boosts your mood and enhances confidence. You might even discover your hidden passion in the process.

Improve your memory

Mentally stimulating activities such as card games, crossword puzzles, Sudoku and some board games can enhance your memory. Even video games can be beneficial for your brain, helping you to process visual information more quickly. There are plenty of hobbies and activities that will challenge your mental abilities and improve your cognitive function.

Reduce stress

After a stressful day, nothing can divert your thoughts more than engaging in something you are good at. It allows you to switch off your work-brain and focus on something else.2 Doing things you enjoy is a natural way to fight stress and relax.

Get a better night’s sleep

Doing regular activities and using your brain during the day tires you out and helps you get more restful sleep. Be careful not to do exercise too close to bedtime as this can keep you awake; be sure to leave enough time to wind down before bed.

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