If you want to take advantage of the nicer weather and have extra time to yourself, then you may need to find yourself a hobby. Hobbies, especially those that take you outdoors, can help not only your physical well-being but your mental health. Need inspiration on which hobby to pick up? Check out these five hobbies that will get you out of the house:
Why not take up gardening? It’s one of my favorite hobbies. You can head out into your garden and clear the weeds or water the plants, which is a gentle form of exercise. When the seasons change you may need to get rid of all the leaves and flowers that are turning brown.
Helping the community
You can also offer your services to the community garden or a local community center. Most places have a team of gardeners who tend to the plant pots and green areas. There might also be a community garden in your area that needs help. There are lots of things you can do within your community to help out. There may be elderly people who can’t get out to do their shopping or get their prescriptions, for example.
There are many ways to get movement in outdoors. You could also join a walking or running club, or try out pickleball at your nearest park. There are even classes held by personal trainers in parks if you don’t want to be in a gym. Take a look online to see what is happening in your local area. Alternatively, if you don’t want to work out with others then you can find something to do on your own.
If you live near a body of water like Lake Michigan there are many water sports you can try in the summer and fall before the winter hits. Stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking the river, canoeing, jetskiing, and boat tours are popular in the Chicago area. If you don’t want to be doing water sports but love the water you can try boating to see beautiful views of the city from the water and relax during the summer. Get as much time on the water before you have to store your boat or canoe/kayak for the winter. (You can find more information here about this sort of thing.)
You can hike alone, with a friend, or with a big group of people. If you don’t know anyone who hikes in your circle of friends search for a local hiking group or join a tour or class at a nearby state or national aprk. They are always happy to welcome new members.
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