Guest Blog Post - Cheryl Conklin of Wellness Central - 9 Fun Hobbies You Can Learn at Any Age

9 Fun Hobbies You Can Learn At Any Age

No matter what age you are, there are many opportunities to try new hobbies and learn new skills. Learning new skills can keep your mind sharp. Hobbies are especially useful in addiction recovery and help you get your mind refocused on healthier, better habits. Here are nine fun hobbies to try.

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1. Painting

Some people feel that they might not have a creative knack for an activity like painting, but that’s simply not true. Much of modern art is about demonstrating your individual flare or unique perspective instead of trying to paint in the most “realistic” way. Have fun with art and see where it takes you.

2. Learning an instrument

Learning to play an instrument has been shown to be an effective way of preventing problems that are associated with age-related decline, such as hearing issues. Music helps your brain grow. It reduces stress and symptoms of depression and improves memory. Choose an instrument that interests you and sign up for a few lessons, whether it’s through an online course or in person.

3. Learning a new language

Research has shown that it’s still possible to learn a language as an adult. It’s just a matter of changing perspective and learning new approaches. As we get older, we focus on specialized learning instead of the general learning we engaged in as children. Be forgiving of yourself so you can learn more effectively. 

4. Gardening

Don’t worry about space. According to the Huffington Post, you can set up a garden box or choose a very small part of your yard. A small spot can make it easier to control soil factors that influence plant growth and save you time weeding the area. If you live in an apartment, keep it simple by just starting with a few pots or garden boxes. If you have more space, you can even take on projects like planting trees and flower beds. 

5. Going outside

Research has shown that children who spend more time outdoors might experience improved cognitive functioning. For adults, it’s a simple but powerful way to manage stress. You can get into such hobbies as birdwatching or identifying plants.

6. Volunteering

Volunteering can help you establish new relationships and friendships. Look for local opportunities. If you’re unsure about what you can do, look at local city government sites or online databases that list volunteering opportunities.

7. Woodworking

According to Lifehacker, you should look around the house and find a couple of small projects that you could focus on. You can learn a skill and get some home maintenance done at the same time. You’ll need to find the proper spot in your home for woodworking; usually an area in your basement or garage works well. If you don’t have the space, consider erecting a small steel structure to accommodate your new hobby. These buildings are durable, easy to assemble, and cost considerably less than traditional structures. 

8. Joining a club

You can use modern technology to find clubs that fit all sorts of interests. There are sites including Meetup, or you can use Facebook groups to find people who share common interests with you. You can get into card games or join a book club to discover new books to read.

9. Learning a new sport

Starting a new sport can be intimidating, so find some friends who can help you. Regardless of the sport that you want to try, there is likely a local group on Facebook or Meetup that can help you learn. Additionally, many gyms or city recreation sources offer classes to learn a new activity and keep you safe.

Take some time to experiment with whatever hobbies appeal to you the most. It’s a big, wide world out there, and hobbies can make the world your oyster. You’ll continue to grow in many ways and find joy along the way.

Cheryl Conklin of Wellness Central

Cheryl Conklin is a freelance writer and tutor by trade and a blogger, adventurer, traveler, and creator of Wellness Central in her free time.