A healthy body and an active mind – hobbies for the cooler months

Have you noticed how each Season carries hints of the one to come?

Over the last week or so, I’ve started to notice the first signs of Autumn approaching. The first smattering of golden leaves on the pavement and an unmistakable chill in the morning air tells me that the vibrancy of Summer is preparing to make way for a mellower season of berries, conkers and bonfires.

As the days start to get shorter, and the air cooler, many of the activities and hobbies that we’ve enjoyed over the Summer may start to seem less appealing. However, you needn’t feel restricted by the colder weather. Why not try choosing two or three new things this Autumn? Read on to discover a whole host of activities to spark your interest!

Participating in activities that we enjoy brings enormous benefits to both our physical and mental health. Getting active will strengthen muscles and joints, increase flexibility, which is especially important as we age - improve sleep… the list goes on!

If you can spend time outside then so much the better, as getting out in the fresh air can really help to give you some ‘headspace’, a chance to switch off your worries and relax. Spending time on hobbies is so important to our wellbeing. If you’re spending time with others, then this social interaction will help to prevent loneliness by giving a sense of belonging to a community.

If you don’t have a garden or outside space, then consider volunteering your services at a community garden in your area. The physical exertion of light gardening is wonderful exercise and seeing the results of your efforts is incredibly rewarding – there’s nothing more satisfying than tasting the fruit or vegetables that you’ve grown yourself! Spending time with nature is good for the soul and promotes relaxation and better sleep.

Walking or hiking is another wonderful way to improve fitness while seeing more of the countryside and doesn’t require much in the way of equipment other than a comfortable and supportive pair of shoes or boots. Many areas have walking groups for older people, and this gives the added benefit of security and companionship. Achieving a goal in the company of others has a tremendous impact on our sense of wellbeing.

If you fancy trying something a little more energetic – then how about trying a dance or a yoga class? Learning new steps or poses concentrates the mind, freeing you up to enter a sense of ‘flow’ where every day niggles and worries are forgotten in the joy of moving in the moment. You’ll get the added benefit of improving your fitness and flexibility too.

Challenge yourself to try a new recipe each week or join a cookery class or course. You never know, you might discover a love of a whole new cuisine! Discovering new flavours will provide a change from your usual routine, and a perfect opportunity to invite others round to taste the results – you’re sure to have plenty of willing volunteers!

If you don’t fancy heading out in the cooler evenings, these can be the perfect opportunity to try some new hobbies at home. If you’ve ever wondered about your family tree, then Autumn could be the ideal time to do a little research. There are plenty of genealogy sites online to assist you – who knows what secrets you might discover? Or how about learning a foreign language? There are online classes as well as materials to help you study. This can be a wonderful way of expanding your mind and your horizons. By chatting to other students you can benefit from interacting with new friends without leaving your house. If you love to read, then another idea would be to join a book club. This can turn a solitary activity into something far more nourishing and can be a great way to meet new people - especially beneficial for people living on their own.

The cooler weather generally means spending less time outdoors, but, as we’ve seen, that doesn’t have to mean more time spent in front of the television. One thing is for certain, as we age, we need to ensure that we are sitting correctly and that our bodies are supported. Many people find that after a period of sitting in their armchair or on the sofa, that it can be difficult to stand up and they’re troubled by niggling aches and pains.

Many comfy chairs feel great at first but can actually cause discomfort over time. This is because they don’t promote good posture – perhaps you’re slouched down in the cushions or bending forward over a book or screen.

Sitting with correct posture keeps your spine in alignment and ensures that your weight is evenly distributed. This supports your body for maximum comfort and avoids putting undue pressure on any of your joints. The result is a dramatic reduction in aches and pains and a far more enjoyable experience – leaving you free to enjoy exploring new hobbies and past times.

Our recliner chairs provide optimal support across your body, and ensure that you are sitting with correct posture. Your back will be supported, and the weight evenly distributed across your joints. We have a range of chairs, which can be customised to your requirements – so you can choose the one most comfortable for you, as well as the look you’d like.

Our cleverly designed chairs will enable you to sit for long periods of time without any of the troubles that you may be used to – enabling you to spend more time doing the things you want.

A healthy body and an active mind will keep you alert and happy, and learning a new skill has been proven to develop our brains and stave off dementia – not to mention a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment, so crucial to our well-being.

I hope you’ve found some inspiration in this article, and that you enjoy trying out something new this Autumn. What have you got to lose?

If you’re interested in investing in a recliner chair, and would like to know about the options available, then please give our friendly team a call. We’d love to hear from you.