For many, reaching a certain age doesn’t mean slowing down. In fact, just the opposite may be true. One of the best aspects of growing older is being in a position to take on new challenges and make time for pursuing passions. For those needing some inspiration for a new hobby, here are four that you can do at any age – and from just about anywhere.
Garner Your Greens: There is perhaps nothing more satisfying than
watching flowers blossom into beauties, trees sprout luscious leaves, and fruits and vegetables grow and ripen. Whether you have a big backyard, windowsill or countertop – gardening can even have health benefits. In fact, a study of over 5,000 people in Taiwan age 50 and older found that daily home gardening was associated with living longer in some.
Awaken Your Artistic Side: Putting pen – or pencil, or crayon, or paint – to paper is one of the best ways to connect with your mind and innately express yourself. No matter what you choose to use for inspiration – be it majestic landscapes, profiles of your favorite people (or pets!), or abstract colors and shapes – this creative activity can help reduce stress and may even help prevent or delay cognitive decline, according to a report by Harvard Health Publishing.
Discover Your Dancing Shoes: If feeling happier, experiencing higher energy and improving posture and flexibility sound good to you, then kick up your heels and start dancing! Those that participated in 10 “Ballet for Seniors” classes experienced these benefits, according to Queensland Ballet and The Queensland University of Technology. Another study found that Zumba Fitness® classes twice a week for twelve weeks led to reductions in blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Beyond the body, dancing can also be good for the mind, according to research in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Cater to Your Inner Chef : Ever since there has been a whole TV network dedicated to showcasing chefs and home cooks alike, many people have thought about cooking not as a daily chore, but instead as a fun way to honor different cultures, try new flavors and satisfy taste buds of family and friends. A study published in Health Education & Behavior found that cooking can have positive effects on self-esteem, quality of life and socialization.
The best part about all of these activities is that they can be done from anywhere. You don’t necessarily need to live in a big city to learn these hobbies. In fact, some communities that cater to those 50 and older, such as Brookdale Senior Living, ensure that their residents have a wide range of activities that are easily accessible – and therefore, even more enjoyable.
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