Health goals often focus on changing the food that we eat, either in quality or quantity. But so much of what constitutes health involves moving your body and stretching your mind, too. That old adage, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” applies to muscles and the neural connections in your brain. People who balance active and mental hobbies are in a better physical and mental state than those who spend a lot of time in front of the TV. We love TV too, but it’s something to balance with other parts of your life. And, there’s so much to do in this great big world that’s just as entertaining as your favorite show.
So, if you want to stay healthy and feel amazing even when you’re old, keep reading for some fun, screen-free hobbies to try.
Dancing has the ability to adjust your mood FAST. If you’re feeling tired, bored, or in a funk, put on an upbeat song and commit to dancing through the whole thing. If you’re shy, head somewhere you have some privacy. The backyard, the bedroom, or the basement are all great choices if you want to dance by yourself. But, it’s honestly more fun if you can convince someone else to join you! Even three minutes of dancing is hard work, but it’s so fun you probably won’t even realize it. And, you won’t miss that TV either.
Learn something new
If you felt like school was boring, you might be happier learning as an adult. Finally, you can learn whatever creative skill you want, and you can learn at your own pace! Take time away from the TV to stretch your brain by learning to draw or practicing a new language. The freedom to learn at your own pace and to learn whatever you want can change your entire attitude about learning. History, knitting, gardening, and technology all hold so much potential for fun.
Read a book
Whether you like the smell of fresh pages or you use an e-reader, reading books is one of the best ways to use the time you’d normally spend in front of the TV. Read a novel for pure entertainment, or read a book about cooking to uplevel your skills in the kitchen. And, though reading may not be as thrilling as bungee-jumping or downhill skiing, if you find a topic you really love, you’ll feel just as enthralled.
If you normally use TV to wind down at the end of the night, try swapping out the last hour for a book. The blue light from the TV screen can mess with your sleep cycle, so you’ll get multiple benefits from making the switch. For an extra soothing nighttime routine, enjoy a warm cup of Calm after a long day.