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5 Inexpensive Healthy Hobbies For Nurses

Nurses make good money, and there are plenty of hobbies that nurses can afford. While remembering that you can afford to have hobbies that you enjoy, having hobbies that are inexpensive will help you put more money towards other things. The trick is to find something that you thoroughly enjoy, and can do on a regular basis that improves your health.

There are mentally healthy activities, such as reading, that are great for your working memory, but the hobbies listed here are going to be focused on your physical health. Being physically healthy can be challenging for many people. Being overweight, sick, and exhausted makes being a nurse difficult. As a nurse, you will be able to perform better in your job when you are physically fit and have the energy to excel during long shifts.

The reason that physically active hobbies are great is that you can hit two birds with one stone. You can do something that passes your time that you enjoy, and you can be healthier. Here are five examples of hobbies that are inexpensive and can provide you will fun and great health.

#5. Yoga.

There are many health benefits of yoga. There are things you can buy, courses you can take, and fun clothes to try out. But one of the biggest blessings with yoga is that you can do it for free. Dr. Carlson, the author of Don't Sweat The Small Stuff, practiced yoga and talked about the stress relieving benefits it has.

You can youtube videos for free and practice yoga every day if you want. If you have five minutes a day to give to yourself, you can stretch and calibrate your mindset for the day while doing a simple workout. If you want to read more about the benefits of yoga for nurses, click on the link here

#4. Parks and recreation.

While this might not apply to everybody depending on where you live, your cities parks and recreation facility might be very inexpensive for multiple hobbies. Some areas in the winter time will make it difficult for people who love the outdoors but have several feet of snow slowing them down. With the parks and recreation, depending on where you live, you will not need to sign a contract to use their gym, you can use it as needed when you want.

There might also be a basketball court, swimming pool, racquetball court, and other activities you can have fun with. There are also plenty of activities with the parks and rec that are inexpensive but have a group atmosphere so you are not alone. Whether it's a cycling class, basketball league, or Zumba class, you will be able to save a lot of money at your cities parks and rec instead of getting signed up for a gym.

#3. Running and walking.

Running is not suitable for everybody, but even walking thirty minutes a day can help you in several ways. As for inexpensive, you do not need to pay for much when it comes to running and walking. You will need a good pair of shoes, maybe some new clothes, but that's about it. Taking a walk, or going for a run while listening to music, a podcast, school lectures, is an amazing hobby. You can get fresh air, exercise, get your heart rate up, and it doesn't take very long in order to get a good workout in. Unless of course you are training for a marathon, which in that case you will need several hours for longer runs, but as a hobby, running or taking walks will be a big blessing in your life.

#2. Tennis.

If you can be lucky enough to either have a friend or relative that is willing to play with you, tennis is a great hobby. Not everybody is blessed with hand-eye coordination, but even if you aren't, tennis is a great inexpensive hobby that won't break your bank account. You can buy cheap equipment at Walmart, and then find a tennis court at a park.

As long as there isn't anybody else at the park you can play as long as you want. This makes tennis a great inexpensive hobby, that does require you to be active and only run a little bit at a time. You are basically running short paces with a purpose. If you hate running, you can at least have fun with trying to get the ball over the net to your opponent.

#1. Hiking.

The number one suggestion for inexpensive hobby ideas is hiking. The benefit of hiking is outstanding for nurses and other busy people. With hiking, you are getting outside, getting fresh air, and walking up through different terrain. You can download apps that will show you the trails in your area, and possibly let you know the difficulty of the trail, and the mileage of the trail. You can hike according to your health level.

If you can only go a half mile before you start shaking from exhaustion that's fine, you don't have to do the whole hike! Just getting outside and being on the trail will help you in many ways. You do not need to be super analytical when it comes to hiking, just enjoy the nature of our planet, take pictures, and enjoy the health benefits while your bank account goes untouched from hobby spending.

While different seasons make hiking either difficult, or close to impossible, when you do have good weather, and have the time to get out and hike, it is a great way to exercise, be physically fit, and have a great time. Taking pictures of the scenery, taking a few minutes to listen to the calm wind around you while you feel like you are in a world by yourself, helps ease your mind of present problems and concerns. You can take a step back and re-calibrate your ideas, thoughts, goals, ambitions, and focus on the things that are important in your life, such as your family, career, friends, and ambitions. Living in an area that has trails close by is a blessing, so take advantage of it and get outside.

There are of course probably hundreds of ideas and hobbies that are inexpensive or free. This list is just a thought-provoking starter point for you to get ideas and find ways that you can be more physically active while not having to spend too much money.


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