Looking for great hobbies to start this year off right? You’ve come to the right place. Finding a new and fun hobby can be challenging. But with a little effort, you’ll find something you love to do for years to come.
Some hobbies do take special skills. Others might require you to spend some money. But for most of the hobbies on this list, all you’ll need is a willingness to spend time learning something new.
Continue reading for a few fun and interesting hobbies for you to consider.
Fun Hobbies For Your Body: Get More Exercise, Join A Team, Or Get Outside
Finding a new hobby that’s not only fun but also healthy, will provide the best of both worlds. Just remember to speak with your doctor first before starting any sort of hobby that involves physical activity.
Dancing is a great way to easily build exercise into your routine. You might have to spend some money to get started, but the fun you’ll have will make it worth the cost in the long run. Look online, or ask around, and you’ll likely have no problem finding classes taught by qualified instructors. It doesn’t really matter what kind of music you want to dance to – hip-hop, country, or anything else – it won’t take long for you to find a class that will get you started and you’re sure to enjoy it.
Don’t let the name fool you. A low-impact exercise is still a significant workout. It just won’t put as much stress on your body as exercises other exercising such as activities that require you to jump or run. Low-impact exercises still put a strain on your cardiovascular system.1
Swimming, for example, works out your heart and lungs while sparing your joints. Cycling works out your cardiovascular system as well as your legs – without the pounding your joints take from running on a road or a track.2
Talk to friends to see if any of them would be interested in joining you in these types of activities. You can also go online to find groups of like-minded people who love to go for rides or get in the pool for a healthy, fun workout.
If you’re looking for an outlet for your competitive side, and you have good hand-eye coordination, there’s nothing better than participating in a team sport. Basketball, for example, is a sport that doesn’t take a lot of money to get into. Just get a ball and head down to the gym to test your skills. You probably won’t have any problems finding a pickup game.
If you’re into another sport, such as softball, all you need to do is look online to see if any teams are forming. Maybe your office has a softball team you’d like to join. Or, maybe one of your friends is on a team that could use another player.
Are you feeling a little adventurous and want to try something totally out of the box? Consider rock climbing. You have to be very fit to attempt this sport, of course, but it can be incredibly rewarding. Go to a local climbing gym to see how experienced climbers do it. Talk to them and learn how to get started.
Keep in mind that this activity will require spending a bit more money. You’ll need tools, such as a helmet, rope, and a harness. You’ll also need special climbing shoes to make sure you don’t slip. Also, never go climbing unless you have a guide with you or someone who
has a lot of experience.3
Interesting Hobbies For The Mind: Read More, Or Learn To Play An Instrument
There are a lot of interesting, fun hobbies out there for people who might not be athletically inclined or just prefer other types of activities.
Join A Book Club
A book club is a fantastic option if you love to read. Your local library is an excellent place to look first. Most libraries hold book club meetings on a regular basis. Chances are good you’ll be able to find a club by looking online or checking social media.
Learn How To Play An Instrument
Have you always wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument, but just didn’t have the time or the money? This is your perfect opportunity to start. What’s your favorite type of music? If it’s country music, you might want to learn how to play the guitar. If it’s jazz or classical, learning the piano might be more your style.
It will cost money to buy the instrument and take classes, but it might just wind up being one of the best choices you’ve ever made.
Creative Hobbies That Won’t Break The Bank
Maybe you’ve set certain financial goals this year and you don’t want a hobby to get you off track. No problem. There are plenty of fun hobbies you can pick up that will hardly cost any money at all.
Creative Writing Classes
You can find creative writing classes online that cost little to no money, or you can join a local writing group. They’ll help you express yourself through the written word in ways you may not have previously considered. Whether you want to write a novel, learn more about poetry, or pursue another type of writing, there will be a class waiting for you.
Whether you’re new to board games or you played them as a child, this is a great hobby. It doesn’t cost a lot of money, and there are plenty of challenging games to test your decision-making skills. There’s a good chance someone at your local flea market will have a wide variety of inexpensive games to choose from.
Other Creative Hobby Ideas:
- Learning a foreign language
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Mentoring or tutoring
- Fostering animals
Find Something You Love Doing This Year
These ideas just scratch the surface of the nearly unlimited number of interesting hobbies that are out there. You can go for something that’s physically intense, such as hoops or racquetball, or something more laid-back, like bird watching. No matter what hobby you choose, you’ll have a fantastic time – and probably make new friends in the process.