Looking to take up a new hobby? There are many different hobbies out there so it can be difficult to decide which is the right hobby for you. Sometimes the best way to find the right hobby is to try out a few and see which fits your lifestyle and tastes. So, to get you started, here are ten hobbies you can start right now.
Like taking pictures? Why not turn that passion into a hobby? It’s easy actually. Some years ago if you wanted to be a photographer you had to go out and buy all this expensive equipment. Nowadays, as long as you’ve got a cell phone, which you probably already own, you’re all set. If your cell phone happens to be a smartphone, that’ll work in your favor because they allow you to take professional-looking photographs. Not only will you improve your photography skills and creativity, but you’ll also capture some of life’s greatest moments that you and your loved ones can revisit again and again.
Besides being fun, dancing is also a good way to lose weight and/or stay in shape. Plus, it’s known to improve balance and boost mood. And, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home for this one. All you need is a radio or a cell phone so you can download your favorite tunes and play them anytime.
Or, if you prefer to go out, you and your partner can hit the dance clubs. Another option is to enroll in a dance class or dance therapy, which is offered by many hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and community centers. They’re specifically designed for individuals suffering from illnesses like cancer or Parkinson’s disease.
TIP: Use YouTube videos to learn how to do the latest dance moves.
Now, here’s an inexpensive hobby. I mean, who doesn’t already have books in their home? And, if by chance you don’t own any, you can get them for less than $1 at thrift stores. Or, you can visit your local library and read as many as you want for free. You can also download ebooks to your e-reader. Oh, and there’s audiobooks, too, so the possibilities are endless!
TIP: Make it even more fun by joining a book club. And, if you’re a bit of an introvert, you can always join an online book club. There’s Our Shelf, run by Emma Watson. And, Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, which brings stories straight from Oprah’s shelf. And, Reese’s Book Club, which Reese Witherspoon curates monthly via Instagram.
This is a great way to express yourself. It’s also a great way to kill time when you’re bored. And, don’t worry if you’re not that good at it. There are plenty of drawing tutorials online, like the ones offered by Wordtoons and DrawingHowToDraw.com that teach you simple drawing techniques like using letters and numbers to draw faces and objects.
TIP: If drawing isn’t your thing, try coloring. Adult coloring books were all the rage just a few years ago. But, just because they’re not as popular anymore doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy them. They’re a great way to relieve stress.
According to Time magazine and USA TODAY, genealogy is the second-most popular hobby in the United States. And, with the advent of the internet, it has become easier for individuals to learn more about their ancestors. You can also use genealogy to find biological family members. You can even use it to find out what your last name means. Of course, you don’t have to go online to do your research. You can always do it the old-fashioned way by digging through public records at the courthouse or by searching through old family photos and such. Who knows, you just may find some interesting characters in your family line.
Here’s another passion you can turn into a full-time hobby for cheap. All you need is pen, paper, and a bit of creativity. There are a number of ways you could go with this hobby. You can write poems, short stories, novels–the possibilities are endless! And, if you’re good, perhaps you’ll be able to publish your works. You can also start a blog. WordPress is a good one to start out with, and it’s free. Another option is to write movie reviews, which you can share online using a website like Letterboxd. Or, if you prefer to keep it personal, you can always do bullet journaling, which is basically just recording your life–schedule, assignments, etc.–in a notebook.
Have you always wanted to learn how to bake? Now’s as good a time as any to start experimenting in the kitchen. And, who knows, you just may end up becoming the next Betty Crocker!
Besides honing your kitchen skills, baking can also help you learn to be creative and express yourself. Plus, it’s a delicious way to relax after a hard day (Can you say comfort food?). And, don’t worry if you’re not a pro. There are plenty of pros out there who are willing to share their secrets with you. And, if you already do a lot of baking, you can enjoy it even more by sharing your creations with others. ” I like it when people like the things I make. I like it when my mom brags about how my chocolate cupcakes are the best. Or how my dad asks for homemade pizza every week or tells me that this is my best creation yet,” Odyssey Media Group writer Cassidi Sandefur said.
This hobby can be quite fun–and you don’t have to be an old lady to enjoy it. Here are some tips to help you get going:
-Start simple. Don’t try to knit a sweater on your first try. Instead, focus on mastering the simple knots and work your way up from there.
-Save yourself some money and pick up some cheap supplies at any craft store. Don’t splurge on the more expensive brands right now.
-Buy longer needles rather than short ones.
-Buy a reliable, inexpensive brand of yarn.
TIP: If you struggle with knitting or crocheting, try cross-stitching instead. Many people find it much easier.
There are some people who will tell you that gaming is nothing more than an adolescent hobby that has no place in the lives of adults, particularly grown men–who make up most of the world’s hardcore gamers. But, for others, gaming is a fun way to pass the time. Plus, it can be social when you invite others to play with you. In fact, there are whole online communities dedicated to gaming. You can even play against other gamers online–right from your computer or gaming console.
1. Jigsaw Puzzles
According to some, jigsaw puzzles are the “ultimate relaxation.” Plus, depending on how many pieces they come with, they could keep you busy for hours, days even! Just make sure you have a flat surface to put them together and a safe place to store them if you don’t plan on disassembling them.
Speaking of puzzles, crossword and Sudoku puzzles are great hobbies, too. Plus, they’re proven to sharpen your mind. And, you can play online for free so you don’t have to worry about spending money on puzzle books at the store.
What hobbies have you taken up recently? Tell us all about it. We’d love to hear from you!