Can you believe we’re already in the fifth month of 2021? Time flies! And speaking of time, it’s time to continue the Ubiquinol Bucket List series.
If you missed the big announcement in January, the Ubiquinol Bucket List series is all about setting health goals, trying new things, and thriving all year long. This month, we’re focusing on hobbies that support your heart health.
According to the American Heart Association, adults should get between 75 minutes and 150 minutes of exercise every week . When choosing a hobby, find one that piques your interests while also inspiring you to get a little exercise.
A heart-healthy activity should challenge you, but it should also be practical. It’s also important to talk to your doctor about whether or not it aligns with your current and future health goals. Once you’re cleared, it’s time to get started!
What heart-healthy hobbies are you adopting this summer?
Download the Ubiquinol Heart Health Bucket List to track your progress!
Not sure which activity is right for you? Here are five heart-healthy hobbies you can consider:
Although cycling is more of an exercise, it’s also a great hobby! Cycling doesn’t have to be strenuous; just take a 30-minute ride in your neighborhood or park. There are also many indoor cycling gyms, so you can continue even if it’s cold outside. Cycling can also help you cross off some other Ubiquinol Bucket List items, such as entering a race in your area. Once you start a cycling routine, you can build up the muscle and energy needed to do it for a longer amount of time.
Another great activity is gardening — you can literally see the “fruits of your labor.” Gardening is a great hobby for those who need something less strenuous. And it’s also great for those wanting to relax in nature, get some fresh air, and take a break from the day-to-day. Find a beginner’s guide to gardening, then designate a spot in your yard or find a local community garden to bring it to fruition. Check out your local library to see if they offer a seed “checkout” program as well.
Water aerobics sometimes gets a bad rap. However, this kind of hobby is great for your heart, and it might even help you lose weight. Many community centers offer water aerobics classes you can join. It’s a fun activity to start your day off, or you can go on the weekends when you want to stay active without a super intense (and sweaty) workout.
Like gardening, cooking is another activity that doesn’t require a lot of physical intensity. Whether you’re a kitchen newbie or you’ve been making your friends and family meals for years, cooking can be a fun challenge. If you aren’t a seasoned home chef, find classes in your city through kitchen stores or cooking schools! Cooking heart-healthy meals is a great way to support your health. You can find delicious and healthy recipes on our blog, as well as in our cookbook.
Walking or Hiking
Finally, consider starting a walking or hiking routine. This is a great way to explore new areas of your state, take in some fresh air, and support your overall health. Walking regularly can also help you lose weight. Start a walking regimen by going for a 15- or 30-minute stroll at least three times per week, and then build up to a daily walk. Challenge yourself to go a little farther each day if you’re comfortable increasing the intensity.
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