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Published August 6th 2020
Find friends and improve your health join a social club
As time passes, we find it harder and harder to make new friends. Our lives get so busy, we do not have a moment to stop. And then when we do meet someone we quickly realise we are worlds apart in thoughts and viewpoints. There is a solution. Social clubs.
You can even join Channel 31/Digital 44 as a volunteer and learn how to make television. If you want to learn how to film, record, and light shows for television, this is the platform. Channel 31/Digital 44 is made up of several community groups across Victoria. Just find the one closest to you. In the outer east, there is Eastern Regional Access Television who are looking for volunteers.
Just do a quick internet search and there are clubs galore. And if you have an interest in something in life, there is a club or community centre near you that offers what you are interested in. But why join a club. Well, this is the best part They make you happier. There has been interesting research and trend around social clubs.
First being part of a busy, fun club can reduce depression, especially in the older generation. When you surround yourself with positive people that stimulates your ideas and you can join in enjoyable activities.
Getting together with other like-minded people can also reduce stress and blood pressure as you relax and don't worry; you just enjoy the moment. This is sometimes called mindfulness. This is where you stop worrying about yesterday, and tomorrow, but just be happy in the moment you are in.
Joining in group activities can improve your mind. The stimulation of new people and new things to learn and do creates new pathways in the brain. This keeps the mind sharp, helps refresh things we already know, and activates those "little grey cells" to quote Poirot. This also can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's. My husband plays games on his iPad such as Scrabble, Two Dots and Words.
Group activities can improve your physical fitness. Instead of staying at home just sitting on the couch, you are moving, and getting aerobic exercise. Even 15 minutes every day can improve your fitness. And think what a lawn bowl game, archery game dart game or any kind of game could do for your fitness. I love water aerobics to music. Actually, I love anything to do with music. Line dancing is great fun and there are clubs at local community centres. It is gentle but fun exercise. You have to remember the steps, enjoy the music, and meet and greet with others, so get active and play games with friends.
Finally, if you are unwell, achy and feeling a bit down and slow, joining a group for social activities can slow declining health. This is according to the Centre for Advanced Health.
Travel and enjoy a social lunch
These are just a few of the reasons you should reach out and find a group that shares your passion, so you can continue to grow and gain strength.
And you can do this at any age if you are feeling a bit lost in life.
There are clubs for just about everything.