This year has been quite different from many in the past, and people are finding themselves looking for hobbies and other interests to help pass the time productively, learn new skills, and stay safe while in or around the house.
One of the best things that have come from this crazy time has been the ability to spend more time outdoors. Being outdoors is essential for maintaining a healthy mind and body balance, so you need good hobbies that take up your time. Here are five great ideas to spend your time outdoors.
1. BB Guns/Paintball Guns
Not many people are ready to make the jump to full-on firearms, so these safer and cheaper alternatives can provide some of the excitement with a little less responsibility. It’s incredibly easy to find cheap prices on airsoft bb guns, and paintball guns are extremely affordable now, too. They allow you to spend time outdoors, learn a valuable skill in shooting and firearm safety, and they’re fun.
For those living in a colder climate, this is the year to strap on your ice skates or find a pair and hit the ice.
Learning how to skate and play hockey provides tremendous exercise potential, which might be just what you need if you’re working from home or your gym is closed down. Skating is fun to learn, and hockey is a great sport to grab some friends and play on short notice.
Fishing is a peaceful hobby that provides a lot of benefits. Firstly, it teaches you how to exercise patience, as you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting around waiting. It also helps teach you a vital survival skill in catching and eating wild games. It’s also great because it’s a low-impact hobby. All you need is a good map, a rod, and the willingness to scout out some new spots by the water.
4. Plant Observation/Botany
If you’re interested in the scientific side of the outdoors, you might be interested in becoming an amateur plant observer and botanist. Getting out into the forest and searching for plants to research and document is a fun hobby that teaches you a valuable skill in identifying wild plants. This is an underrated skill, and could even keep you safe if you’re ever out on a camping trip and need to identify something like poison oak or ivy.
5. Wildlife Photography
This is the last hobby that’s a good one to get into the artistic side of life outside our four walls. Wildlife photography provides you the opportunity to seek out animals in their natural habitat to document them and collect stunning shots of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and many other species. Wildlife photography isn’t always cheap, as DSLR cameras can be quite expensive, but it’s an excellent hobby to get you out of your home.
This past year has shown people that the outdoors contains many exciting adventures and activities, so if you’re looking for something to sink your teeth into, then these five could give you some fresh ideas on where to start.