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Fun Outdoor Hobbies You Might Have Not Tried Before

Updated on March 7, 2018
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Rebecca writes content for WildTracks, she is especially interested in writing about Food, Hobbies and Activities and Travel.

With the New Year well underway, you may have had time to think about positive changes you would like to introduce in 2018. As well as new years resolutions like adopting a healthier diet, spending money more wisely or giving something up, why not throw a new hobby into the mix? Not only do hobbies keep you engaged and inspired, but they’re also a fantastic way to get some exercise while having fun.

To get you inspired here is a list of five fun, outdoor hobbies that are worth taking up in 2018.

1. Cycling

Do you want a hobby that gets your heart pumping and brings you closer to nature? Maybe it is time take a bike out for a spin. Whether you choose to go to the nearest park, cycle or hilly areas outside, biking is relaxing, energetic and gives you the bonus of exercise too. If you feel like you might not have time to completely commit to a new hobby cycling is great because you can incorporate it into your daily routine. Is work cycling distance? Or maybe you could ride your bike to the local shop? Try replacing some of your daily car journeys with cycling. Some employers even offer a cycle to work scheme so you can get a brand new bike to cycle to work on. Cycling is a great way to get from A to B while enjoying some fresh air with the added bonus of exercise!

2. Gardening

There's nothing quite like getting relaxing in your garden on a warm day. A great excuse to get outside in the garden is gardening! From readying soil and potting seeds to tending the leaves and roots, gardening is a great physical hobby that helps your mind relax. Plus, who can say no to a garden full of homegrown vegetables? Depending on how you go about it, gardening can be a pretty inexpensive hobby to try. If you get good enough at it, you might even be able to lower your food bill by growing more of your own food. If you feel like you don’t know where to start, maybe try making some small DIY improvements to your garden so you have a nice outdoor space to relax, you could put some nice flowers in some plant pots or dig some flowerbeds. Or you could start with a herb garden and branch out to more plants and some vegetables when you feel ready.

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3. Archery

If you are looking for something a bit different why not take up a sport you may have never had the chance to do such as archery. Archery is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and is a fun activity for all ages and abilities. Invented by the Egyptians in 2800 BC for hunting and combat, archery is now both a competitive sport and a fun recreational activity. Not only is archery a surprisingly good form of exercise (you can sometimes burn as many as 140 calories in half an hour) it also improves balance, hand-eye coordination and focus. It can also be a great upper body work out, if done correctly it engages several muscle groups, and can improve muscle tone and definition. Archery can be a great social hobby as you can join a club and compete with others or you can do it occasionally just for fun by booking a session every now and then.

4. Hiking

Hiking can be a great way to visit amazing scenery and spend time outdoors, all while getting a pretty good workout. It takes practice and conditioning if you want to build up to more strenuous and challenging hikes, but can be just as enjoyable at a slower more relaxed pace. Try hiking at least once a week at a local park. Start with short, easy walks and work your way up. If possible, hike with a companion or in a group with more experience. Not only will it be safer and more fun, you can share in others’ knowledge and skills. You’ll develop your footwork skills and build up your physical endurance. At first, find a nice park or nature reserve with a few trails that aren’t too far from your home, then maybe start to search for places a bit further afield. If you pace yourself and keep things simple and enjoyable, you’re more likely to go. Maybe even book a hiking trip and give yourself something to work towards.

5. Rock Climbing

Whether you’re climbing indoors or outdoors, rock climbing is a great way to shake up your routine and to stay in shape. Indoor gyms make for great places to practice and build muscle, while outdoor climbing excursions can bring you closer to nature and you can explore new areas. With dozens of variations on the sport such as bouldering or climbing, climbing is a great work out hobby that can offer something for everyone. Though this is a hobby best done with lots of supervised training as it can be extremely difficult as it's both physically challenging and mentally demanding.

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      Jane 

      10 months ago

      I am looking to start new outdoor hobbies this year, some good ideas. I like the idea of hiking!

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