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5 Great Hobbies for the Heart
June 20, 2014

Hobbies aren’t just for those with too much time on their hands. In fact, an engaging hobby can make a significant improvement to your heart health.

While you enjoy a new diversion, it might also help you fight everything from stress to high blood pressure. Here are a few hobbies that have been proven to have a positive impact on your health.

Cooking is a fun, creative and rewarding hobby. It also gives you greater insight into the elements you put in to your body — think fresher, less processed.

Traveling brings out a part of you that may otherwise be unexplored — and it isn’t only about taking expensive vacations. It’s about exploring the life and culture of your chosen destination, something that can begin well in advance of your actual journey.

Gardening is certainly more than simply planting a few pretty flowers and hoping they bloom. In fact, a committed relationship with your garden can result in improved respiratory and cardiovascular systems, better strength and flexibility, and perhaps best of all, a release of mood-bolstering endorphins.

Reading is less about what you’re reading and more about the fact that you derive pleasure from the act. Reading has tons of benefits, it helps you relax and beat stress.

Art isn’t just about creating something beautiful, it’s about discovering a secret side of yourself. Through that discovery you’ll also enjoy an internal calm and find the emotional balance you may have been searching for. Remember, art isn’t about talent — it’s about inspiration and expression.