Ready to burn extra calories and stay in shape? Then grab those gardening tools, pop the hood on the car, or grab a hammer. It seems hobbies can impact health—at least the health of seniors.
Research links the activity associated with hobbies, to lowering risk of heart attack and stroke in folks over 60—by as much as 25 percent.
Activities included gardening, working on cars, hunting, do-it-yourself projects—almost anything that involved moderate levels of activity.
I believe you’re never too old to start exercising, but this is encouraging news. Even regular activity that isn’t exercise-based can have positive health results. In the end, staying active is definitely better than the alternative.
So, take up a new hobby—or encourage someone you love to do the same. Improving your health is the ultimate do-it-yourself project.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Gardening, Housework May Help Boost Your Heart Health
- Gardening Not Only Saves Money, It’s Highly Healthy
- “Non-exercise physical activity” may reduce heart risks in older individuals
- Physical activity reduces breast cancer risk
- Daily physical activity reduces Alzheimer’s risk
© Copyright WLL, INC. 2013. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.