Are you looking for a way to fill your weekends and make the most of your free time? Perhaps you want something meaningful to occupy your mind and body and improve your character. Maybe you’ve found that sitting on the sofa and watching TV for hours on end doesn’t quite scratch that itch.

What you need is a hobby: an activity that challenges you and affords you the satisfaction of creating something of value. But what should you choose? There are so many different types of hobbies out there, from the creative to the physical to the cerebral. There are so many options that the decision can be quite overwhelming. What if you pick something and you find out you don’t enjoy it?

The best solution is trial and error. Pick something that takes your fancy and start small. Don’t buy all the expensive equipment right away or you might end up throwing that money down the drain when you give up after a couple of weeks. Dip your toe in lightly and experiment with your newfound pastime. You will quickly discover whether you’ve found your calling or if it’s time to try something new.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, here are three adventurous ideas for hobbies you could take up in 2021.

Cooking

Everybody loves food, yet surprisingly few people are adept at preparing their own meals. A lot of people rely on takeaways or store-bought ready meals to fill their bellies. But not only are these expensive, they are rarely the healthiest option. Why not try boosting your culinary skills and becoming more familiar with your kitchen. There are plenty of free recipes and YouTube cooking tutorials online, but the best way to become a food connoisseur is to learn from the professionals. Do some research to see if there are any chef courses or culinary schools in your local area.  

Trail running

When trying to get fit or lose weight, many people take up running. It is easy enough to throw on a pair of trainers and get outside to run a couple of miles in your free time. But this can get monotonous after a while. You’ve jogged down every street and alley in your neighborhood and you’re desperate for some new scenery. That’s why trail running is so brilliant. Just drive or take public transport to the countryside and let your legs fly over hills and through the forests. The scenery will be much exciting, and the soft trails will be much easier on your knees than hard pavement. 

Gardening

If you have a garden, are you making the best use of your outdoor space? Perhaps you mow the lawn and trim the weeds to keep it looking neat and tidy, but there is so much more you can do with it. Take out a few books on gardening from your local library and learn some new skills. Before long you’ll be planting flowers and vegetables, laying a new patio, and building your very own pizza oven in your backyard.