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Fitbit Test Reveals the MOST Relaxing Hobby You Should Take Up This Year

As Brits get back into the office and life begins to return to ‘normal’, maintaining a work-life balance can be stressful. As a result, diys.com examined the hobbies that most reduce our stress levels by surveying 2,379 people

Thereafter, diys.com conducted a Fitbit test among 357 participants, aged 20-30 years old to find out if the most relaxing hobby and most loved hobby complement one another.

The participants were asked to wear a Fitbit while completing 20 popular hobbies determined from the survey. The data was collected over several weeks and diys.com can now reveal which soothing tasks most relax our heartbeats. **


The top 20 most relaxing are as follows:

REVEALED: MOST Relaxing Hobbies and their Heart Rates

RANKEDMOST RELAXING HOBBIES
HEART RATES
AVERAGE HEART RATE DECREASE & INCREASE
1Knitting6518.75
2Fishing7210
3Blogging747.5
4Calligraphy747.5
5Painting773.75
6Candle making800
7Flower arranging822.5
8Photography9012.5
9Baking9518.75
10Pottery10126.25
11Cooking11037.5
12Playing an instrument11543.75
13Golf12050
14Tai Chi12860
15Yoga12961.25
16Gardening13568.75
17DIY14075
18Hiking15593.75
19Running164105
20Biking175118.75
The MOST Popular Relaxing Hobby
RANKEDMOST RELAXING HOBBIESHEART RATESAVERAGE HEART RATE INCREASE
1Knitting6518.75
2Yoga12961.25
3Gardening13568.75
4Baking9518.75
5DIY14075
6Blogging747.5
7Running164105
8Fishing7210
9Pottery10126.25
10Golf12050
11Cooking11037.5
12Hiking15593.75
13Painting773.75
14Photography9012.5
15Biking175118.75
16Tai Chi12860
17Calligraphy747.5
18Playing an instrument11543.75
19Candle making800
20Flower arranging822.5

First Place: Knitting

In first place is the hobby typically associated with nans, but with thanks to TikTok knitting has made quite an impression on the younger generation. 

Sitting at an average of 65 beats per minute, knitting is the most relaxing hobby you should take up this year. This hobby can decrease your average heart rate (80 beats per minute) by 18.75%. 

With a whopping 93% saying it’s their favourite, you wouldn’t want to be the odd one out – so grab yourself a pair of those knitting needles!

Second Place: Fishing

Coming in second, is a Father’s Day favourite, fishing. With the sport maintaining an average heart rate of 72 beats per minute and a decreasing heart rate average of 10% – it’s no wonder why many are opting to grab the bait and throw a line. 

Joint Third Place: Blogging

Following closely behind is our keyboard enthusiasts, bloggers. Tapping away at your keyboard can decrease your resting heart rate to 7.5% on average

As a hobby, blogging sits at an average of 74 beats per minute and acquired 72% of the votes placing it in sixth position on the most popular hobby list

Joint Third Place: Calligraphy

In joint third place is calligraphy! The satisfying to watch hobby maintains an average of 74 beats per minute. Like blogging, this can also decrease your resting heart rate by 7.5%. Yet, only 16% of people chose this as their favourite hobby. 

Fifth Place: Painting

Following closely behind fellow artsy hobbies is painting, with an average of 77 beats per minute. This therapeutic hobby can decrease your resting heart rate by 3.75% on average. However, only 39% of people voted this as their chosen hobby. 

Last Place: Biking

Coming in last is the ‘pedal to the metal’ hobby, biking. It’s no wonder cycling was awarded last place, it has hearts racing at a whopping average of 175 beats per minuteover three times higher than the most relaxing hobby, knitting. On average, riding a bike can increase your resting heart rate by 118.75%!

Also, biking only collected 29% of votes from the British public, ranking in 15th place on the top 20 most popular hobbies

METHODOLOGY:

**Your resting heart rate is measured by counting the number of beats per minute of your heart while you’re sitting still. A normal resting heart rate range is between 60 and 100 bpm.  

Diys.com surveyed 2,379 people to determine the most popular relaxing hobby to have a complete list for the Fitbit test.

  1. Diys.com tested 357 adults between the ages of 20 – 30 and gave them all 20 hobbies to complete across several weeks. 
  2. They then analysed each respondents heart rate from all activities and averaged out the number of beats per minute.

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