If you want to lead an incredibly healthy lifestyle, but don’t have extra time to spare for the gym, you’re certainly not alone. What if you could get in better shape, burn extra calories, and create healthy habits without traditional exercise? Yes—it’s possible! Just start by adding a few simple and fun hobbies to your routine that will enhance your overall health. The best part about these hobbies is that they give you great benefits without making you feel like you’re doing mundane “exercise.”
Your body will thank you. Read on to learn about these simple hobbies that will help you lead an incredibly healthy lifestyle. And next up, don’t miss The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
Learning how to cook works wonders for your health. By selecting your ingredients and making your meals at home, you can choose the macronutrients—protein, fats, and carbohydrates—you eat in each meal. You’ll also avoid all kinds of unnecessary oils, fats, and additivities that often sneak into your food at restaurants or in packaged meals. That way, you get the maximum amount of nutrients (and flavor) without the bad stuff.
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When I lived in Denver, I hiked with friends every week: It was a great way to escape the city, have great conversations with good people, and enjoy some incredible scenery.
On top of that, hiking is incredible for your health. Spending a few hours in the mountains is a fantastic exercise for your lower body, core, and cardiovascular system. Being surrounded by nature and breathing in the fresh air helps you relax and take a break from the stresses of life.
If you don’t live near the mountains, no problem! Meet up with your friends, get some coffees for takeaway, and walk around town or a park.
Reading isn’t only for learning; it also has unique health benefits. First, reading is great for your brain. Next, unwinding with a book helps relieve stress. In fact, researchers found that reading for 30 minutes can lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress as effectively as doing 30 minutes of yoga!
To build a reading habit, I recommend you start small and read things you actually enjoy. Instead of jumping into a 1,000-page novel, read a quick book on your favorite topic, finish it, and build momentum.
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Dancing for hours is a fun way to burn extra calories without doing “traditional” exercise at a gym. Whether you dance swing, salsa, or hip-hop, it adds a lot of movement to your life, which is very beneficial—especially if you spend a lot of time sitting.
Dancing can also increase your coordination, balance, and flexibility. In fact, certain dances—like pole dancing—can even improve your strength and tone your body.
Yoga is a fantastic, time-honored practice that enhances your flexibility, strength, and stamina. Yoga also includes a mindfulness component, which helps you relieve tension and improve your mood.
Fortunately, you don’t need to be a yoga master to enjoy the benefits—just doing a few poses for a few minutes each day can do wonders!
Anthony J. Yeung
Anthony J. Yeung, CSCS, is a fitness expert featured in Esquire, GQ, and Men’s Health and the founder of GroomBuilder, the destination for men who want to transform their bodies for their weddings. Join the free 5-day course to burn fat and build muscle for the big day! Read more