In reflecting on this weird really time and the circumstances that 2020 has revealed, I’ve realized that the pandemic has really pushed my capacity and challenged me to try new things, explore new hobbies, and learn new skills. Before the pandemic, I was always on the go and it seemed I never had time to do anything other than what was already penciled into my tight schedule. Since the pandemic has started, I’ve gotten so much of that time back and I’ve been able to reposition my schedule and use all of the extra time to explore new things, so I did.
I took my first ever class of fitness kickboxing and it was a blast! I chose kickboxing because I enjoy fitness activities and working out, it’s new, it’s different, and it challenges me to push myself with more intensive workouts. It feels good to challenge myself to try something new and different.
If you are able, use your extra time to try a new hobby. Try something you’ve never done before. To help you get started with some ideas, I created a list of 20 hobbies you can try in addition to kickboxing. The good thing is if you don’t like it, you can drop it and try something new. The beautiful thing about the pandemic is that we got time back for discovery and exploration, so use it wisely!
1. Kickboxing. Kickboxing is a unique fitness activity that challenges your mind and body and can help you get in shape and snatch your waist. Imagine the stress relief that comes from aggressively punching a bag.
2. Reading. Pick up a new book and indulge. You’ll be surprised how much time you spend reading, if you actually enjoy it.
3. Painting. Painting is also a stress reliever. It helps you focus and concentrate and can be very therapeutic.
4. Take a dance class. Move that body girl and get those hips rolling! Dancing is another unique and fun way to get in shape.
5. Photography. Pick up a camera, take a walk, and snap some pictures. Like painting, you are in creative control and you get to decide what the end result looks like.
6. Become a plant mom. Caring for plants is a great hobby that can teach you things about yourself and help you through your own self-discovery process. They say your plants grow as your grow.
7. Cooking. Cooking can also be therapeutic. Get a new recipe book, add your own razzle dazzle, and rave about your chef skills.
8. Yoga. If you have never done yoga, you are truly missing out. Yoga helps you become more in tune with yourself and gives you the time away from a busy world.
9. Hiking. The good thing about hiking is that you can make it as adventurous as you like. Start by searching for some trails in your area and jot down which interest you the most.
10. Podcasting. This is definitely one of my favorites. If you love to talk and have a strong opinion about something, then podcasting may be for you.
11. Start a YouTube channel. You can literally make a YouTube about anything and people will watch. That’s the beauty of it.
12. Skating. Skating can be a unique and fun learning experience and can also help keep you in shape.
13. Tennis. Tennis is also a great fitness activity to get your body moving.
14. Biking. Biking is another great fitness activity, and companies like SoulCycle make it extra fun and worthwhile.
15. Blogging. Do you love to write? Are you well-versed or opinionated on a specific topic? Do you want to share your experiences with others? You might like blogging.
16. Candle-making. Candle-making is a very unique hobby and like many others, can be turned into a side hustle. If you like your home to be smell good, try making your own candle scents.
17. Jewelry-making. If you’re crafty and love jewelry, try handcrafting jewelry. The materials needed to make jewelry by hand are typically inexpensive, which is even more reason to get started.
18. Crocheting. Crocheting is another unique hobby if you are crafty. I’ve seen a lot of women make beautiful designs from crochet.
19. Running. Running is another great way to get in shape. If you are skeptical and just getting started, join a running club so you have other people that are motivating you and holding you accountable.
20. Swimming. Take some swimming classes. This is a great activity if you don’t know how to swim, or do, want to get in shape, and love the water.