Going outside once a day, or at least three times a week, is one of the simplest changes you can make to eliminate stress in your life. But if you’ve got no real reason to head outdoors, especially when you’re so busy, it’ll be good to pick up a related hobby. To help you with finding your new passion, we’ve listed a few activities down below that we really believe in. Check them out; all of these hobbies are easy to get to grips with and the start-up costs don’t have to be high either.
Watching wildlife is a lovely way to spend time outside, and so simple to do too! You just need to head out somewhere where there’s a biodiverse landscape, then sit and wait. Of course, invest in some night vision scopes and neutral colored clothing before you go to make sure you don’t disturb any habitats. You’ll soon find it’s a quiet hobby that takes time, but you can really relax while you’re out there.
Photography is a great hobby to try out. All you need is the camera on your phone – nothing special! You don’t need to invest in a camera or sign up to a lengthy course that’ll cost you over $100. You just need to get outside, take your phone with you, and then go for a walk somewhere beautiful while snapping a few pictures. Have fun with the angles you take and take your time editing images when you get home again. You can then post them online for the world to see and reap in some lovely likes and comments.
This is more of a physical hobby, but if you’re someone who loves testing your strength in new and fun ways, this is definitely something to try. Of course, if you want to climb high mountains you’ll need some training and good equipment!
But if you just go to a nearby park and climb up small rock features, or climb a third of the way up a rocky hill face, that’s good too. Be safe, look where you’re going, and never take a movement without being sure you can pull it off.
Kayaking is another physical hobby that’s easy to start with, but this time it’s a lot safer and you won’t need to train for it! It can also be a very relaxing way to spend time outside, with the sun above and the sound of water gently lapping around you.
For your first trip, invest in a kayak, a paddle, and something strongly buoyant to keep you safe on the water, and then you can take it at your own speed. If you end up liking kayaking, you can invest in various other safety devices and start heading out on bigger bodies of water.
Outdoor hobbies are good for the brain, body, and soul. Spend a bit more time outside doing what you love and your life can change!