An orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Mark Wichman works with Aurora Advanced Healthcare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his leisure time, Dr. Mark Wichman enjoys a variety of hobbies, including woodworking. Benefits of pursuing woodworking as a hobby include:
1. Improved physical health. Working with wood means constant standing and moving, leading to a less sedentary lifestyle and, by extension, fewer circulatory problems, improved cardiovascular function, and lower blood pressure.
2. A healthy brain. Woodworking is a creative activity that uses the entire brain and has been shown to increase cognitive function. It also can defend against dementia and memory loss.
3. Improved mood. Working with wood increases serotonin production, which can lead to improved happiness and help ward off depression and other mood disorders.
4. Transferable skills. Many abilities used in the woodshop also can be used in the workplace. Math skills, project planning, and time management are some of these skills.