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Stress is the number one killer today. In fact, from it often derive deadly diseases like serious heart ailments, diabetes, cancers. inflammation, and others. The principle is simple--too much stress cripples your immune system, and thus the easy onslaught of diseases.

Hobbies have an important role to play in combating stress. They make you relax and think positively, making you indulge in things you really love doing--making you get a break from life's problems. Especially at the end of a hectic day, hobbies provide a good alternative to everyday routine that kills enthusiasm and the vigor in life. Hobbies make you live again and puts meaning into things.

But don't mistake hobbies for bad habits. Bad habits are those you seek refuge in when you feel lazy and just laying idle during the day. Here are characteristics of a hobby:

  • It makes you think and figure out things more, like collecting stamps and coins. You research about them to get the best and rarest items available. Hobbies make you want to learn more about them.
  • You love doing them because they satisfy your emotional and intellectual needs. You feel accomplished, making you feel an improved and better person the more you accomplish about your hobby.
  • You can gain profitably from it if you turn it into a business.
Examples are photography, collecting rare items, reading books, blogging, sports, playing instruments and cooking or baking, to name a few. Setting positive goals, a feeling of well-being and a sense of accomplishment fight off stress and reduce free radical damage in your body systems. It empowers your immune system in the process. Better if you couple hobby with regular workouts and healthy eating.

So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. [Ecclesiastes 8.15]
Aside from eating and drinking, the Teacher mentioned about being "glad." Hobbies make you glad and give you joy that will somehow neutralize "the toil all the days of (your) life."

Here is how bad habits look:
  • They make you waste time over nothing.
  • They promote laziness.
  • Give no challenge.
  • Don't make you grow intellectually.
  • Makes you fat.
Examples are spending the day watching TV or movies, playing computer games, chatting, texting, or taking too many naps. Watching TV or movies now and then isn't bad, but doing it the whole day regularly is already unhealthy addiction. When you get caught trapped in bad habits you'd become sickly with time. They weaken your immune system. They make you burn less fat. You may not feel it now (especially if you're still young) but the unhealthy effects will slowly manifest as you age. What you spent time in years ago will surely find you out sooner or later. 

So, start getting a good hobby you really like. Mine is studying martial arts, collecting weapons, working out, blogging, and reading. After doing boring jobs I look forward to my hobbies later in the day.

Hobbies for health? Doesn't cost you much. It's ideal for cheap health and fitness with middle income budget.


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