The summer heat is here to stay for a while longer, even though Back to School commercials and pumpkin spice lattes are arriving at coffee shops. Take advantage of good weather for the next few months to try a few new hobbies. Learning something new can not only introduce you to potential new friends who share your same interests but can also increase both physical and cognitive health. If you are feeling stuck in a rut or looking for a new challenge, picking up a new hobby can be the perfect way to spend your leisure time. Here are a few ideas for you to consider.

Hiking or Bird Watching
Even with hot August days, you can spend time outside in the early morning or dusk hours without being unsafe. Try your hand at hiking or bird watching on local trails. You can experience a part of your neighborhood or city you have never explored before, and finding friends on a trail is fairly easy. Curious about bird watching? Check to see if your town has a club that hosts bird watching walks and attend!

Gardening
It’s not too late to try to grow your green thumb! Try planting herbs or root vegetables like potatoes, onions, or carrots. Stop by your local greenhouse to get advice and purchase only a few pots and soil to get started; no need to spend too much money on this new hobby as you try it out.

Cycling
Looking for a way to see nature and get a good workout? Cycling could be your new passion. Cyclists are social creatures and are always ready to help a newbie out on a trail or during a fun race. Hit your local bike shop to ask safety questions and see if there are clubs nearby with members you could connect with.

Journaling
Anyone can be a writer, and everyone has a story to tell. Pick up a notebook (or your laptop) and start a daily practice of journaling. You can write about your favorite memories, things you are thankful for, or what you are worried about. Some days you will feel the words come easily, while other days can seem like it is impossible to jot down a simple sentence. Stick with it and consider joining a writer’s group through your local library.

What hobbies do you love sharing with others? Is there a hobby you have always wanted to try, but haven’t yet? Write about it and submit your thoughts to our website. We would love to cheer you on!