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If you want to live an incredibly healthy life, but don’t have the extra time to devote to the gym, you’re definitely not alone. What if you could get in better shape, burn extra calories, and create healthy habits without traditional exercise? Yes it’s possible! Just start by adding a few simple and fun hobbies to your routine that will improve your overall health. The best part about these hobbies is that they give you great benefits without making you feel like doing a mundane “exercise”.

Your body will thank you. Read on to learn more about these simple hobbies that will help you lead an incredibly healthy life. And then don’t miss The 6 Best Exercises for Strong, Toned Arms in 2022, the trainer says.

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Learning to cook does wonders for your health. By selecting your ingredients and preparing your meals at home, you can choose the macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) you consume at each meal. You’ll also avoid all kinds of unnecessary oils, fats, and additives that often sneak into your restaurant foods or packaged meals. That way you get the most nutrients (and flavor) without the bad stuff.

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When I lived in Denver, I hiked with friends every week—it was a great way to get away from the city, have great conversations with great people, and enjoy amazing scenery.

Besides that, the hike is amazing for your health. Spending a few hours in the mountains is fantastic exercise for your lower body, core and cardiovascular system. Being surrounded by nature and breathing in the fresh air helps you relax and get away from the stresses of life.

If you don’t live near the mountains, no problem! Catch up with friends, grab some coffee to go, and stroll around town or in a park.

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Reading is not just for learning; it also has unique health benefits. First of all, reading is great for your brain. Then relaxing with a book helps relieve stress. In fact, researchers have found that reading for 30 minutes can lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress just as effectively as doing 30 minutes of yoga!

To develop a reading habit, I recommend that you start small and read things that you actually enjoy. Instead of launching into a 1,000-page novel, read a quick book on your favorite topic, finish it, and build momentum.

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Dancing for hours is a fun way to burn extra calories without doing “traditional” exercise at a gym. Whether you dance swing, salsa or hip-hop, it adds a lot of movement to your life, which is very beneficial, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting.

Dancing can also increase your coordination, balance, and flexibility. In fact, some dances, like pole dancing, can even improve your strength and tone your body.

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Yoga is a fantastic, age-old practice that improves your flexibility, strength, and endurance. Yoga also includes a mindfulness component, which helps you relieve tension and improve your mood.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a yoga master to benefit from it – just doing a few poses for a few minutes each day can do wonders!

Anthony J. Yeung

Anthony J. Yeung, CSCS, is a fitness expert featured in Esquire, GQ, and Men’s Health and the founder of GroomBuilder, the destination for men who want to transform their bodies for their weddings. Join the free 5-day course to burn fat and build muscle for the big day! Read more