During these unusual times, many of us find ourselves stuck at home, looking for things to do. This is the perfect time to take up a new hobby! Without the pressure of a busy calendar full of work events, social outings, and the kids’ sporting events, now is a great time to focus on doing something new. Not only are hobbies fun, but they are actually good for your physical wellbeing. In fact, according to one study, enjoyable, leisure activities are associated with psychological and physical measures that lead to positive effects on health and well-being. Read on to learn about 10 fun hobby ideas you can start today!
Magnet fishing is a great hobby if you live near a body of water. This hobby is kind of like using a metal detector in the sand at the beach to find hidden treasures, but instead in the water. A strong magnet is used to remove things from the bottoms of rivers, canals, ponds, or other bodies of water. Magnet fishing enthusiasts hope to find items of value or just fun and interesting things. Magnet fishers have found everything from coins to bicycles. You never know what you will find within a body of water! As we move into spring and summer, this hobby is the perfect way to enjoy some time in the outdoors while searching for rare and valuable items.
Have you ever seen someone knitting and wished that you knew how to knit things as well? Imagine being able to create your own hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, and more! Not only is knitting very relaxing but learning how to knit will allow you to make thoughtful, personalized gifts for your family and friends. There are plenty of ways to learn how to knit. Check out a YouTube tutorial or buy a book. As with many hobbies, practice makes perfect. Do not expect your first creation to be a masterpiece. This hobby is all about trying new things and improving your skills. Invest in a knitting starter kit to kick off your new hobby. This kit comes with circular needles, a needle gauge, a stitch holder, tapestry needles, needle caps, stitch markers, scissors, a tape measure, and a row counter. It also comes with a bag where you can store all of your yarn. One of the best parts about knitting is that it can be done from anywhere! Knit at home, on an airplane, or while you are waiting for a doctor’s appointment.
Have you ever thought about drawing for fun? You might be thinking that you aren’t artistic or that your drawings wouldn’t be very good. Stop those negative thoughts now! A drawing hobby isn’t about producing museum-quality work. It is about having a relaxing activity to do that you can pick up at any time. Purchase a sketchbook and begin each morning with a doodle. Many people find drawing to be very relaxing and a great way to escape stress and anxiety.
Yoga is a great hobby to pick up because it has both mental and physical benefits. Not only is a great workout, but it is also a way to calm the mind. Research shows that yoga is very beneficial to the nervous systems and can actually activate the parasympathetic side of the nervous system. This is the rest and digest side as opposed to the fight or flight side that many people constantly live in. The best part about yoga is that all you need to participate is a yoga mat. There are plenty of free yoga videos on YouTube that can be done from the comfort of your own home.
Running is another active hobby that is easy to pick up. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and you are good to go! Jog around the neighborhood a few times a week and you will quickly see how much better you feel physically and mentally. Set a goal such as signing up for a 5K and begin to train for it. You can find tons of running training plans online. Whether you are exploring a new trail or just running around the block, running is always an adventure.
Cooking is such a fun hobby! If you are someone who makes the same meals every week, take up trying new recipes as a hobby. Experiment with ingredients and dishes that you normally don’t try. Buy a new cookbook or get some inspiration from Pinterest. If you are stuck at home, you might as well be eating well!
Photography is a great hobby to try. Don’t feel like you need to invest in an expensive camera to take up this hobby. The camera on iPhones is great! In fact, Apple provides some great tips and tricks for shooting on an iPhone. Experiment with taking pictures of people, pets, nature, and more! You can even take it a step further and learn how to edit your pictures to make them look even better!
As the weather gets warmer, gardening is the perfect hobby to get outdoors and enjoy the sun. Plants some flowers to add color to your yard. Experiment with planting herbs and vegetables and see if you can actually be able to cook with something you grew in your own yard! Visit your local nursery or Home Depot and pick out a variety of plants.
Hiking is a great hobby to try. It keeps you active, out in the sunshine, and is a wonderful form of exercise. Look up local trails in your area and pick one to do. Start out with shorter hikes and then gradually venture into longer ones. Eventually, you will be spending your weekends hiking new trails. Before you get too serious about your new hobby, invest in a comfortable, supportive pair of hiking boots.
Learn a New Language
If your idea of fun is learning new things, it is the perfect time to learn a new language. Duolingo is a great way to start. This app can be downloaded directly to your phone and gives you daily practice learning a new language. The lessons are quick and are adapted to meet your learning style. Duolingo states that 34 hours on the app is equivalent to one semester of a college language class. Work on this app before bed, during your commute on the subway to work, or on a long road trip. You can work on your new language as long as you have your phone with you!
If you are looking to start up a new fun hobby, pick one or two from the list above. Hobbies are great because you pick the time commitment that you want to put into it. If you want to start running every day of the week, great! If you only want to draw once a week, awesome! Hobbies are flexible and should always be stress-free! Remember, you aren’t stuck with just one hobby. Try a few and if one doesn’t work, there is no shame in letting it go.
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