“On a personal level, you’ll have a wonderful record of important stuff in your life, and if you want to take it further, you can start it”
As the great Joseph Addison once said, ‘best hobby is reading to the mind what exercise is to the body.’ Reading can be the ultimate form of escapism, helping you discover new worlds, learn about different cultures, and explore new ideas. If you’re looking for somewhere to get started, here’s a list of some classic novels to consider.
You may have heard the theory circulating that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during quarantine in the plague years. So, no better time to start penning your ideas down, right? If you need a bit of a primer, you can check out our courses on writing fiction and how to make a poem. Those who want to channel their creativity towards the silver screen should give our screenwriting course a try.
Yoga is good for both your physical and mental wellbeing. It can help with strength, flexibility and balance, and just about anyone can get started. It’s a practice that’s around 5,000 years old, so there’s plenty of tips and information around, too! Yoga with Adriene is a YouTube channel that can guide you on your relaxation journey.
4. Mindfulness and meditation
Mindfulness is the practice of being present and paying attention to the current moment. It’s about noticing your thoughts and feelings without judgement, often done through meditation. The two practices can be hugely beneficial, improving both your physical and mental health. Our courses on mindfulness for wellbeing and maintaining a mindful life can help you get started.
Knitting is one of the most timeless crafts around, and it’s had somewhat of a resurgence of late. As well as being incredibly chill, it’s also a practical pastime that can yield hats, scarves, tea cosines, and more. All you need to get started is some knitting needles and some yarn (worsted, medium-weight is good for beginners!). From there, you can try some beginner projects to get a feel for it.
UK-weather permitting, now might be the perfect time to start gardening as a hobby. Whether you want to plant a shrub, sow some indoor seeds, or tackle your weeds, taking care of your garden can be rewarding and beneficial. As well as a sense of satisfaction of a job well done, it can also reduce stress and lower your blood pressure. Check out the Royal Horticultural Society’s guides on getting started.
If you’ve been looking for a creative way of displaying your memorable photos, a scrapbook could be just the thing for you. As well as all of your favorite snaps, you can use all kinds of decorations and memorabilia to give your creation some flair. It’s a relaxing hobby that can help you appreciate all the good you have in your life.
8. Listening to music
Of course, you probably already listen to music on a regular basis. However, there’s never a wrong time to start discovering new bands and artists that you like. As far as finding a new hobby goes, this is a fairly limitless one. Try jumping into an entirely new genre, ask your friends for recommendations, or using a tool like Gnosis to find new music.
Coloring is a hobby that’s suitable for people of all ages. It’s a relaxing and creative pastime that can give you focus and let you express yourself. Plus, it’s simple to get started with. All you need are coloring pencils and some templates, many of which you can find for free.
With the worldwide popularity of shows like The Great British Bake Off, baking has risen in popularity over the last few years. And, it’s not too late to get involved in the fun. You can try your hand at baking sweet treats or savory delights with these simple BBC Good Food recipes. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can get involved with a sourdough science project.
If baking isn’t your thing, but you still want to get creative in the kitchen, cooking can be a great way to relax. From trying new recipes to cooking up something entirely unique, you’ve got the freedom to experiment. There are learning opportunities too. Whether it’s learning about nutrition, mastering the basics of a healthy diet, or finding out how super superfoods are, the possibilities are plentiful.
For those seeking a more introspective hobby, journaling can be incredibly therapeutic. It helps you organize your thoughts, relieve feelings of anxiety, practice gratitude, and let you reflect on your life. It’s also a project that you can start with ease – all you need is either a pen and notebook or a word processor. Don’t overthink it, just start writing and see where it takes you.
Find a new hobby to keep you fit
For some of us, our pent-up energy needs to be directed to something more physical. If you’d like your hobby to keep you fit and healthy, here are some options that will do just that.
There are many forms of dance, and many ways to practice. What’s more, you can easily make a start at home. You can start small by putting on some of your favorites tunes and getting active for a few minutes each day. Those who are looking for a more structured approach can check out lessons on YouTube from the Passion4dancing channel.
Running is one of the easiest keep-fit hobbies to get into. All you need to get started is a pair of suitable running shoes and somewhere to run. Along with bringing a host of health benefits, running can give you some time out from whatever is going on in your life. The Couch to 5K programmer is an excellent resource to start with, giving you three runs per week until you can run 5K without stopping.
If the Rocky movie series taught us anything (and it taught us a lot), it’s possible to train your boxing skills in all manner of ways, including at home. If you’ve always fancied getting into the sport, there are plenty of boxing resources available to get you started. Plus, you can practice things like stance, footwork, and basic punches at home.
If running is a bit too high-impact for your joints, but you still enjoy getting out and about, cycling can be a great alternative. Aside from a bike and helmet, there’s not much you need to get started with cycling. However, as a new hobby, there are plenty of different areas of interest you might want to get into. Will you choose road cycling or are you more of a mountain biker? Either way, you can find cycling routes nearby to get you on your way. You can also read the latest COVID-19 recommendations around cycling.
17. Weight lifting
Despite what many people think, weight lifting isn’t just for bodybuilders. As well as building muscle, it can help improve your posture, balance and bone health. You don’t even need loads of equipment when you first get started. You can start with some simple bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, squats, and pull-ups. From here, you can move onto a simple dumbbell workout.
Skateboarding is one of those hobbies that has quite a steep learning curve. However, once you start making progress, it can be incredibly rewarding. If you’ve always fancied yourself as a future Tony Hawk, now might be the time to get practicing. All you need is a skateboard, protective gear, and some smooth concrete. This wiki How guide on skateboarding gives an excellent intro to practicing the basics.
19. Roller skating
If you’d like a quick way to get around and don’t completely blanche at the idea of going to a roller disco, perhaps you could try out roller skating. Much like skateboarding, all you need are some skates, protection, and a place to practice. Start slow, learn to fall, and soon you’ll be rolling with the best of them.
Hobbies that teach you a skill
Some people may find that they want their new hobby to be more skill-based than some of the ones we’ve mentioned so far. Thankfully, there are plenty of options available. Here are some ideas:
20. Play an instrument
Whether you can already play an instrument or not, there’s never a bad time to learn a new one. There are so many possibilities here; we could dedicate an entire post to just listing them out. You’ll find all kinds of resources for whichever instrument you choose, including hours of video tutorials.