The American Psychological Association recommends cooking as a leisure activity. When you consider that it not only gets you up and about, but that it requires thinking, thus keeping your mind active, it makes sense that it would be considered an important activity to your overall well-being.
Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Health also points to the fact that you are more likely to eat a healthy nutritious diet when you are spending time in the kitchen. If you happen to be cooking with products that you grew in your own garden, then you are in an even healthier position.
Verywellfit.com offers a number of explanations and statistics about exercise as well as additional activities that can help you counter against obesity. Light walking is sufficient to promote your well-being, helping battle against diabetes, not to mention lowering BMI, fighting high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
In fact, let’s put it like this: 6% of deaths across the world can be attributed to physical inactivity, while it is the fourth leading risk factor for mortality, globally. That equates to over 3 million deaths annually, with almost 700,000 of them being premature.
Walking is an ideal place to start, you can increase it daily and branch out to other activities like tennis, cycling, or whatever else you may prefer. If you can join a club to get time socializing, then that is wonderful, as human contact is important to your well-being.
Yoga & Meditation
Yoga is one of the holistic ancient methods that has been used for thousands of years; it aims to treat the entire body. Not only do you employ breathing techniques, but also the poses allow you to lead your body through stretches, which will keep you flexible. It reduces aches and pains, and also helps prevent injury, especially in the event of a fall. While you are focused on breathing through your postures, you are shutting everything else out and becoming one with yourself.
Yoga offers incredible physical benefits in addition to mental health benefits, since it is a stress relieving exercise it can relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
The majority of leisure activities offer the same benefits: reduction of stress, which can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety, exercise to improve your physical being, keeping your mind active, and depending on where you can enjoy your activity, it can keep you social.
Social interaction is the other key aspect of a leisure activity, while you can complete any of these activities at home and alone it is beneficial to spend some time socializing with others.
Herb Sennett writes about life and how to enjoy it more.