Having a hobby is not only a great way to have fun and exercise your grey matter, but also a wonderful method to exercise without actually exercising!
Make New Friends and Live Longer!
For this example, I will use the latest hobby to hit the markets and a personal interest of mine; drones!
Not only are drones great fun but taking up flying a drone as a hobby can also have some great health benefits as well.
Studies have shown that starting any new hobby can be advantageous to your health and wellbeing.
Some of the health advantages can include making new friends, getting out in the fresh air, walking and generally getting more exercise.
Joining a drone enthusiasts club or using social media platforms to meet up with other like-minded drone pilots is a great way to meet new friends.
According to Live Silence regular contact with old friends as well as getting out and meeting new friends is also beneficial for your health.
A 2015 study which indicated that those with a wider circle of friends had overall better health, with lower incidents of high blood pressure and smaller waist circumferences on average.
This could be credited to friends encouraging you to be more active as well as an increase in dopamine and endorphin levels when in the company of those who make you laugh.
In 2010 a review was made of over 140 studies that combined included over 300,000 participants. The review found that having a bigger circle of friends can actually increase your lifespan.
Those who reported active social lives tended to have a decrease in mortality rate even more than those who had quit smoking.
This could be because having friends to talk to and socialize with reduces stress and the negative health impacts that come along with stress and anxiety.
Get Out and Get Active!
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise each day to help lower your risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Even if you can find 15 minutes twice a day, you will be improving your overall cardiovascular health.
Taking your drone out to a nature reserve or hiking up a hill to get a good vantage point for controlling your drone can be a great way to get your daily exercise.
Getting fresh air and sunshine is also important for your mental and physical wellbeing.
Daily exposure to sunlight ensures that your body produces vitamin D which controls calcium levels in the blood and maintains health bone and muscle growth.
Getting out in the sun for even a few minutes each day can help you sleep better at night and may help alleviate symptoms of depression.
A 15 minute walk around a park or field while flying your drone can easily be squeezed into a lunch break or a quick stop on the way home after work.
Keep Your Mind Sharp
Operating a drone also uses a significant amount of hand eye coordination.
Studies have shown that practicing skills that involve hand eye coordination on a regular basis can assist in avoiding or slowing brain degeneration diseases such as Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia .
While other hobbies can help keep your brain young, flying a drone is a lot more fun than knitting or collecting rocks.
Once you get the hang of simple flying you can try experimenting with some tricky maneuvers or speed racing.
You can even combine your drone hobby with a love of photography, bird watching or even turn it into a money making hobby.
Do you consider yourself a bit of a tennis ace?
Drone developer Virgin Active has even come up with a drone aimed at improving your tennis game.
The drone is designed to drop balls for you to practice hitting while it films your swing and performance.
Get The Most Out Of Your Drone Hobby
For more ideas of how to make the most of your new drone hobby or inspiration of how to take you existing passion further try checking out some sites like http://awesome-drones.com/.
Here you’ll find a wealth of information on where to go, what your drone is capable of as well as the latest news and reviews on new models, accessories and related software.
Then it’s just a matter of joining your local drone club and making some new friends. If there isn’t an existing drone club in your area, why not start one yourself?
A quick search on social media platforms will uncover any other drone hobbyist in your area.
You may be surprised just how many people there are out there. In recent years the interest in drones has grown exponentially with the increase in technology and the availability of quality drones for all budgets.
So What Are You Waiting For?
Get out there, fly your drone or whatever else you choose as your hobby, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, make new friends and live a longer healthier life.