EIGHT ACTIVITIES WITH HEALTH PERKS THAT AREN’T EXERCISE!
1. Knitting and crocheting- Repetitive activities that put your hands to work can help relieve stress by getting you out of your head.
2. Volunteering-Giving back to others has been linked to lower blood pressure, reduced stress, and even a longer lifespan. Generosity also boosts your mood in the short term.
3. Playing with your pet-Caring for a pet has been shown to decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and reduce feelings of loneliness, according to the CDC. Walking your dog is a good form of exercise and can prevent weight gain.
4. Cooking-A home-cooked meal is healthier than one you‟d get at a restaurant, where dishes are often prepared with lots of salt, butter, and oil. And teaching children how to cook healthy meals with fresh ingredients has been shown to help curb obesity.
5. Gardening-Growing your own fruits, veggies, and herbs does more than provide fresh bounty for the dinner table. It might improve depression symptoms since the sights and smells of a garden promote relaxation.
6. Meditation-The ancient practice has been linked to a slew of health benefits, including improved digestion, lowered blood pressure, reduced stress-induced inflammation, and the release of mood-boosting. Meditation can also help ease pain. Be still and know I am God.
7. Coloring-Studies have shown that art therapy can help you relax and ease stress and anxiety. Creative projects like art therapy, music, and expressive writing could have healing benefits.
8. Traveling-Taking time off from work (yes, that means not checking your email) can reduce your risk of heart attack and depression. Planning to visit one of the great wonders of the world? Recent research suggests that people who regularly experience feelings of awe might have reduced risk of getting heart disease
Source: Health magazine