In a world of constant distraction and ever increasing hours at the office, a man’s hobby continues to be one of only a few outlets and areas of true solace and sense of control. Throughout history, great leaders and people of the world have separated themselves from their chosen profession, if only for a while, to undertake a hobby. With actors like Leonardo Di Caprio collecting action figures, Tom Hanks collecting vintage typewriters and Will Smith being an avid fencer, we can see the place of hobbies in even the most acclaimed men.
A man’s hobby is one of a few ingredients which can directly influence the success and direction of his life. This sounds a little exaggerated, but it’s true. The modern man needs certain things in his life to succeed; the drive to win and be better (obviously), the ability to understand people, loved ones for support and as motivation, a goal so big you fear telling small minds, and a hobby. The reason a hobby is an essential cog in the mechanisms which enable success, is that it allows disconnection from “real life”.
Being a successful modern man means constantly growing and striving to improve in everything you do, a trait which can generate a build-up of pressure, one which weighs on your shoulders, reducing your happiness and in the end working to ruin the work you do. Focussing on something else, like collecting vintage typewriters or playing a sport, allows you to escape from what stresses you out, if only for an hour a day or a few times a week. In the end hobbies increase a man’s happiness, reduces stress and facilitates success. Below are 95 hobbies over 12 sections to consider; Adventure Seekers, Arts, Collectors (like Leo and Hanks), Helping Others, History Buffs, Making Things, Musical, Nature Lovers, Physical Activity Sports, Sharpen The Mind, Social a finally Success and Making Money. Remember, it doesn’t matter what it is, only that you enjoy it and that it allows you to disconnect.
All-Time Popular Hobbies for Men
Swimming is a great way to tone up, burn calories and improve blood circulation, whilst learning a skill which can be potentially life-saving. As nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming, it is a great way to exercise, build strength, endurance and maintain a great physique.
Cycling is a great way to get out of the house, see some sights, and get some much needed exercise. Cycling, whether it’s a casual ride through the country, doing tricks on a BMX, or down-hilling on a mountain bike, is great fun and a great way to one up and stay in shape.
Parkour –or free running– is like jogging for people who like to explore the urban scenery. As any experienced burglar will tell you, there are many ways to get around the many obstacles of the city, climbing, jumping and devising tactics to maneuver your way over walls, across buildings, and through passages. There are some brilliant online communities and resources for learning parkour, such as Learn More Parkour, which can help you develop your skills. Parkour is not only a great way to stay in shape, but is also greatly rewarding, allowing you to see some amazing sights and go to places you never realised existed.
Learning a martial art is great way to exercise, build strength and endurance, and learn to defend yourself properly. The psychological benefits of learning a martial art are numerous; it will teach you confidence, discipline, and patience.
Fencing is a competitive two-man sport which involves using replica swords -the foil, epee and saber- and thrusting, parrying and lunging against your opponent to try to score points by hitting one another while moving back and forth on an area called a ‘piste’. Fencing is a great way to improve lower body strength, improve flexibility and sharpen hand-eye coordination.
Rock climbing is an exhilarating activity that requires a great deal of upper body strength, concentration, and problem-solving abilities. Learning to climb properly, safely and quickly means you need to learn how to expend your energies efficiently, navigate a cliff face properly, and master a series of complex knots. Not only is rock climbing a great way to get fit, but it also allows you to see some stunning scenery that the less adventurous may never get to see.
Hiking is a good way to get in touch with nature whilst simultaneously getting some fresh air and exercise, whilst getting to see some incredible sights. Hiking can be relaxing, exhilarating or tough, depending on the type of terrain you choose to traverse.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding is an adrenalin filled sport which requires deftly precision, endurance and dexterity. Nothing beats the thrill of racing down a slope, twisting, turning and even catching some air. Not only is skiing and snowboarding a great way to get into shape, but also affords you the luxury of seeing some gorgeous scenery. The best place to start is at The Truth about Skiing and Snowboarding
Men across the world love the thrill of competition, hunting and faux-conflict that paintball brings. The excitement of a battle scenario of the Paint Ball Challenge (without the risk of death or serious injury) is something which is unparalleled in almost any other sport.
Archery is a great way to build upper body strength, dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination. Learning to fire a bow is an ancient skill which requires patience and precision, and is a great way to relax, channel focus and build co-ordination. Click here.
Lifting weights can help to build strength, increase size, and boost endurance. Many men start out small, but it can be surprising how quickly you can build to heavier weights; and there are some great resources such as Kinobody which can help you to improve at a steady and achievable pace. Weight lifting will not only give you a good looking body, but will help you with many practical things in your life too.
Skating, whether inline or on a skateboard is a great way to improve your agility, get some exercise, and satisfy your adrenaline cravings. Performing tricks and mastering new skills is a lot of fun and helps to develop co-ordination, whilst socializing with other skaters.