New Year New Skills: 5 Hobbies to Try in 2020

Isn’t there a fun hobby or pastime you have always wanted to try? Don’t wait any longer. Make 2020 the year that you actually do it. In fact, try several new hobbies to broaden your interests and expand your creativity. Whether you are interested in using your brain, your hands, or your entire body, there are plenty of interesting hobbies to experience.

Collecting

Collecting is an extremely versatile hobby, extending into nearly any area of interest. Coins, figurines, stamps, first edition books, trading cards, even PEZ dispensers are collectible. Whatever your passion, seeking out and researching your area of interest to expand your collection can be captivating.

Rather than dumping your collection in a box in the garage, you can display your collection with pride. Keep it in good condition. Many companies, like Hobby Master, have products to keep your collection safe and clean. Not only will you gain more appreciation for your collector set, but they also might eventually become more valuable if you decide to sell them.

Exercise

In addition to the health benefits of exercise that we all know about, exercise can also be fun. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good and a habit of exercise can even reduce depression.

Join an aerobic workout group or design your own workout at a local or park. Start a ten- or twenty-minute routine, with your doctor’s approval, doing something physical that you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, or biking. If you want it to be a more social activity, you could also join a community volleyball team or softball team.

No matter which activity you choose, it doesn’t have to be an intense activity. Set reachable goals and gradually extend them as you develop strength and flexibility.  Soon, you will look and feel better than ever.

Arts and Crafts

Exercising your innate creativity can be just as beneficial as exercising your body. Skillfully creating something that is lovely to look at and perhaps even functional for use bestows a feeling of pride and achievement. Also, there’s a wide variety of formats and mediums to choose from.

Take a watercolor painting class. Learn how to scrapbook. Join a photography group. Build a birdhouse as you learn the art of woodworking. With so many different crafts and skills to choose from, you can have fun trying one or more to see how you do.

Needlework

Needlework crafts can be particularly useful, and also make great gifts for birthdays and holidays. If you admire needle handiwork, try crocheting or knitting. Start small with a neck scarf or a pair of mittens and improve your abilities until you can manage larger projects.

Embroidering is a sewing-based hobby that is another great option. Embroidered pillowcases, handkerchiefs, and even paintings can be truly beautiful.

Writing

Budding authors can practice self-expression by keeping a personal journal. You can write poems or short stories and enter them in contests. As your knowledge about writing formats and styles increases, you might want to write a play or even a novel. These days, there are many platforms where you can publish your work

Calligraphy is another way to write expressively to have fun while inspiring others. Combining writing and art, calligraphy takes patience to learn and make smooth.

Hobbies abound in just about every area of life. Think about what interests you most and make 2020 the year you pursue that interest in new and exciting ways.

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