It’s finally Friday, the sun is shining and you’re ready to drop work for the weekend and do something exciting… And then you realise that the only plans you have for the weekend, involve watching TV and doing housework.
Don’t worry! We’ve all been there. In order to make a change, we’re encouraging everyone to take up a new weekend hobby, which will get them out of the house, feeling energised and most importantly, doing something just for them.
If you’re feeling a bit stuck for inspiration, don’t settle for collecting stamps or antique teapots. Instead, why not check out some of our ideas for active weekend hobbies? Taking in some light exercise for just 30 minutes per week, can dramatically improve your health and wellbeing.
The NHS that adults include 150 minutes of exercise in their week, so our active hobbies would go a long way towards reaching that goal. Check out our top 5 weekend active hobbies below and add your favourite into the comments section.
1. Indoor Rock Climbing
If you want a high energy workout, which is also super fun, then rock climbing is for you. There are indoor rock climbing centres across the country, which cater for all abilities, so you won’t find it difficult to add this active hobby to your routine. You will put your body through an intense cardio and muscle workout, so it’s a great activity for getting fit and losing a few pounds. Plus you can even take your kids with you, as many climbing centres have dedicated lessons for younger learners. Indoor rock climbing is also very safe and secure, compared to outdoor climbing, as you are surrounded by experienced instructors who will set you up in a harness and guide you through the process. Just think how amazing it will feel to climb right to the top of the wall and look back down at how far you’ve come!
First popularised here in the West in the 1980s, yoga is a full mind and body workout. Practiced by fitness lovers the world over, yoga improves your balance, muscles strength, posture, stress levels, cardio fitness levels and even your immune system, to name but just a few. If you decide to take up yoga as one of your new active hobbies, then start off by attending a local class. You will find them in all large sports centres, with both men and women attending. Once you have practiced the basic techniques and have the learned the proper breathing, you can practice yoga anywhere, at anytime. Yoga is also a great activity for getting friends together – invite your friends to join you at a local class, then head for a chai tea together afterwards.
You only need to look at Chris Hoy’s leg muscles to realise just how amazing cycling is for your body. Think back to when you were a child and you would ride on your bike for hours after school – why did you ever stop? Cycling is exhilarating, fun and a fantastic full body workout. If you have young children, why not make this an active hobby that you can do together? And if you’re planning on cycling to work, to put in those extra miles, the UK has a fantastic National Cycle Network, which you can read more about here. Plus you can even get a new bike for less, on the government’s Cycle to Work Scheme.
Unsurprisingly, here at Trespass, we are huge fans of hiking – especially because we are located up in Scotland, where there are so many amazing hiking opportunities. If you live in the city, you won’t have to travel far, to find a suitable hiking route. If you haven’t been hiking before, make sure that you have the right clothing and equipment before you go – it can be very dangerous to get caught half way up a mountain without the right clothing, especially when the weather is unpredictable. Lots of people spend their weekend hiking as you get to lots of fresh air, plenty of exercise and a real feeling of achievement when you make it to the top of the mountain. Our number one tip for hiking: start off small and work your way up to bigger goals.
Did you know that you can burn more than 400 calories, during 30 minutes of gentle swimming? If you are looking to boost your active hobbies and lose a little weight in the process, then
swimming is an excellent choice. Swimming is also particularly good for people who have joint pain, as it takes the pressure and weight away from the area while you exercise. If you don’t fancy swimming lengths or joining a club to complete in swim meets, then take your kids along to the local pool for a more energetic swim.