3 New Hobbies You Can Totally Take Up Now
Are you hobby-less? You shouldn’t be. There are pastimes for everyone.
By Mara Reinstein
I started jogging 20 minutes at a time in my late 30s to mix up my gym routine, and it proved to be a game changer. I even ran a marathon at 40! Fact is, per a 2019 study, people who started exercising between the ages of 40 and 60 had a 29 to 36 percent mortality risk reduction—the same rate as for those who started in young adulthood. Leisure running also helps your heart rate and enhances your mood, thanks to that for-real endorphin-spiked runner’s high. The Couch to 5K app provides a non-intimidating training plan.
According to the National Park Service, birding is a low-cost activity that can be done anywhere and can be surprisingly social. (Yes, there are birding clubs!) All you need are binoculars, a proper guide—a book or an app—and a positive attitude. Patience couldn’t hurt, either. For an extensive where-to-bird guide that includes parks and wildlife refuge systems around the country, search “Birding for Beginners” at nps.gov.
When you publicly document your organized and impassioned thoughts, you tell your story and create potential business opportunities. Thanks to free forums like Medium and Substack, it’s no longer necessary to pay someone to set up a site and URL for you. But remember: Blogging isn’t the same as writing in a diary; you actually want someone to read your musings. That means all your posts should be user-friendly and targeted to a specific audience with a clear takeaway. (Skillshare offers many pro classes!)
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