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How Activities Like Cooking and Gardening Help You Stay Healthy
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How Activities Like Cooking and Gardening Help You Stay Healthy

You don't have to go to gym to stay healthy. Activities like gardening, cooking also play a great role in improving your wellness. "Gyms, walking groups, gardening, cooking clubs and volunteering have all been shown to work in improving the health and well-being reported by a group of people with long-term conditions," according to a recent in-depth study by Newcastle Universtiy.

Such activities, especially gardening has some amazing benefits. By spending time in the mud and by getting down to actually physical work, you can improve your sleep quality. It not only tires you out, it tends to reduce your stress and anxiety levels. And that makes you sleep better.

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Activities like joining a book club help you detach from other things, thereby keeping you healthy and happy. You can benefit from a slow and progressive approach to physical fitness. The study says how social prescribing of non-medical activities helps people with long term health conditions. Researcher Suzanne Moffatt said that the findings demonstrated that social prescribing, such as offering someone with heart disease the opportunity to take part in a gardening club, does work. Activities such as gardening, dance clubs and voluntary work helped them lose weight and increase fitness leading to people managing the pain and tiredness better. It also led to them feeling less socially isolated and impacted positively on self-esteem and mental wellbeing.

Similarly cooking also helps in practicing mindfulness by making you focus on what is in front of you. This is the reason many people approach culinary therapists for depression. Making these activities a part of lifestyle helps improve the person's health and well-being

"People who took part in the study said social prescribing made them more active, it helped them lose weight and they felt less anxious and isolated, as a result they felt better," she noted, adding, "This is the first time that these kind of non-medical interventions have been fully analysed for physical health problems and the results are very encouraging."

(With inputs from ANI)

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