Fitbit Test Reveals Top 20 Most Relaxing Hobbies

With people adjusting to the new normal of social distancing, 2020 has become the year of hobbies. Fitbit has put together a list of the most relaxing hobbies you can take up this year to help you relax.


1. Knitting

Knitting is a relaxing hobby that can decrease your average resting heart rate by 18.75 percent from 80 beats per minute to 65 beats per minute.


2. Fishing

The calm sport of fishing maintains an average heart rate of 72 beats per minute and an average decreasing resting heart rate of 10 percent.


3. Blogging

The hobby of blogging can decrease your resting heart rate to 7.5 percent on average, and it clocks in at an average heart rate of 74 beats per minute.


4. Calligraphy

The artistic hobby of calligraphy decreases your resting heart rate by 7.5 percent, the same as blogging.



5. Painting

Painting is a therapeutic hobby that decreases your resting heart rate by 3.75 percent on average. Similar to other art-related hobbies, painting has an average heart rate of 77 beats per minute.


6. Candle-making

Candle-making is a soothing hobby with an average heart rate of 80 beats per minute but it neither increases nor decreases your average resting heart rate.


7. Flower arranging

Making flower arrangements is a creative hobby that's soothing, fragrant, and beautiful. Flower arranging maintains an average heart rate of 82 beats per minute and increases your resting heart rate by 2.5 percent on average.


8. Photography

Capturing the moment through photography is a fun hobby that maintains an average heart rate of 90 beats per minute and increases your resting heart rate 12.5 percent on average.



9. Baking

Baking is therapeutic with an average heart rate of 95 beats per minute and increases your resting heart rate by 18.75 on average.


10. Pottery

The hands-on hobby of pottery maintains an average heart rate of 110 beats per minute and can increase your resting heart rate by 26.75 percent on average.


11. Cooking

Cooking is a productive and useful hobby that helps you be in the moment and stress less while slightly increasing your heart rate.


12. Playing an Instrument

Playing an instrument is an enjoyable, creative hobby with an average resting heart rate increase of 43.75 percent and an average heart rate of 115 beats per minute.



13. Golf

Golfing is a relaxing sport that helps you get fresh air. It maintains an average heart rate of 120 beats per minute and increases your resting heart rate by 50 percent on average.


14. Thai Chi

Thai Chi is a meditative activity that focuses your mind on the rhythm of your movements. It maintains an average heart rate of 128 beats per minute and increases your resting heart rate by 61.75 percent on average.


15. Yoga

Practicing yoga is a great way to strengthen your body and boost your emotional wellbeing and can be great for your heart rate.


16. Gardening

Taking care of a low-maintenance houseplant such as a ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) from LivelyRoot is a relaxing hobby. The indoor plant, native to eastern Africa, doesn't require much water and prefers indirect light. Dutch nurseries helped make the ZZ plant popular as it is the perfect plant for beginners. The houseplant prefers low light to bright indirect light, doesn't require extra moisture, and needs minimal water to achieve beautiful leaf shine.



18. Hiking

Hiking maintains a heart rate of 155 beats per minute and increases your resting heart rate by 93.75 percent on average.


19. Running

This exercise maintains an average heart rate of 164 beats per minute and increases your resting heart rate by 185 percent on average.


20. Biking

Cycling is an intense yet relaxing hobby that maintains an average heart rate of 175 beats per minute and increases your resting heart rate by 118.75 percent.


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