According to several surveys, Americans are pretty passive when they aren't at work. The most popular hobbies are watching TV, reading, playing video games, going to the movies, renting movies (seriously...the media consumption is through the roof), fishing, computering, shopping, sewing, board games, golf, crafts, etc...
Obviously these are not all of the hobbies in America, but these are the ones that are hogging the upper ranks. Active activities such as walking, hunting, hiking, sports, and skiing were barely holding onto the bottom of the survey.
And while all of those these listed are fine to do here and there, they should be done in moderation especially if you want to lead an active lifestyle. If you are new to the active lifestyle, you may be wondering what types of hobbies are available to you. And if you are a seasoned pro, perhaps you are looking for a new "thing". Let's look at nine hobbies that fit into an active lifestyle.
Bowling was a sport every kid looked forward to, and for some reason, many of us stop playing after high school. Pick up the sport again and make it a weekly thing. Bowling is a great workout too!
Did you know that skating can burn up to 500 calories per hour? You can skate all season long outside or inside.
Maybe you have cooked one too plates of chicken and broccoli and you are ready to branch out. Cooking is a great hobby not only because it keeps you on your feet, but you learn about the importance of food and just how much work goes into preparing a dish.
A perfect hobby for the fall, you could go out to u-pick orchards and pick fruit for hours. And when you are done, take your bounty home and cook it up! Apples, peaches, apricots, and nectarines puree nicely and can go into the freezer.
Build a table. Carve a chair. Shoot carve up a book shelf. Woodworking is a very physical hobby that can lead to beautiful furniture and artwork.
Seriously. Buy a bird guide for your region and set up different hikes throughout the area and get going. You could do a hike every week and look for local birds.
Track your sightings with a cheap hardbound sketching journal. Note the coordinates, bird species, and anything else you think is important. Make a sketch too. Not only will you be fueling your creative mind, you will be hiking too!
Plenty of crafts require you to sit down, but you can turn crafting into an active adventure if you choose to walk to local thrift stores or peruse your neighborhood for abandoned goods.
You can choose projects such as building tables, forts, and other large items that require physical power too. This is our favorite upcycling book with 24 projects that you can do throughout the year.
Volunteers are on their feet all the time. Whether they are running around with kids at camp or helping an elderly man get his shopping done, volunteers make a difference in their communities, while staying active. You can find local volunteer projects at VolunteerMatch.
And if you really want to take volunteering to the next level, Fodder's has a book that shows you where you can volunteer while traveling! Awesome.
Yoga is the perfect balance between passive and active living. You can take up yoga for as little as $20 (yoga mat). After that, the world is yours. You can join a yoga studio, buy a yoga DVD, or sign up for Amazon Prime to get access to Amazon Digital Video which offers tons of Yoga Workouts. Or just hit up YouTube.
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