Spending time outdoors can have many health benefits – it’s good for your lungs, your heart, your skin and your mind. An outdoor hobby could be a great excuse to get outside more. But just what kind of outdoor hobbies should you take up? Here are just a few of the most common outdoor hobbies.
Running is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and can be a great reason to get outdoors. To help give your running a purpose, you could set yourself the target of taking part in a competitive run. For those that don’t like running alone, you could try joining a local runner’s club. Running apps can also be a great motivator.
Hiking involves going on long walks. It can be a great form of exercise that isn’t quite as hard on the joints as running and could be a way of getting out of the house and exploring your local area. Like running, you can set yourself goals to keep yourself motivated. This could include training for a mountain climb or a world-famous trail such as the Appalachian Trail. Hiking is also something you can do with family or friends.
Another outdoor hobby to consider could be cycling. This is another form of cardiovascular exercise and a great way to build leg strength, as well as being a great hobby for getting you outdoors. You can travel longer distances in less time on a bike than on foot – this could allow you to go on epic bike rides. Cycling could even be a way of commuting or simply getting around from A to B. You can cycle alone, with friends or with family. Make sure to invest in a decent bike if you plan to cycle regularly.
Fishing could be another outdoor hobby to try. Unlike the previous listed hobbies, fishing can be less active and more relaxing. For many people it’s a way to de-stress while enjoying the great outdoors. There can also be a competitive aspect to it of course – you can challenge yourself to catch the biggest, rarest or most fish that you can. Alternatively, you can catch fish to eat and save money on food shipping. There are lots of guides online that can help you find the best equipment such as this list of the best bass lures for new anglers. While you can fish alone, many people go fishing with family and friends, making it a social activity.
Photography is a hobby that you can do anywhere. Getting into outdoor photography could be a fun way to build your skills. This could include taking pictures of wildlife, cars, aircraft, architecture or people. You can share your photos online or even possibly try to submit them to publications. Photography is a hobby that can be very leisurely and you can do it alone or with people.
If you have a garden, getting into gardening could be a way to enjoy the outdoors without having to travel too far away from home. Gardening can be very therapeutic. In some cases, it can also be very physical, allowing you to get in a workout. Growing plants and installing features could give you more pride in your home and could even add value. You could even try growing some of your own produce to cook and eat.
Other outdoor hobbies…
There are so many other niche outdoor hobbies from skiing to diving to rock-climbing to golf. Whether you’re looking to improve your physical health, explore new places or get creative, there’s certain to be a hobby out there for you.