Sometimes we feel frustrated when we are surrounded by people that nurture their hobbies like traveling, playing the violin, or building a powerful computer to enjoy games, programming and audio/video editing like no one else. These hobbies cost money, but what if I told you that there are hobbies out there that makes you just as fulfilled, if not more, and are finance-friendly? Here are a few hobbies that can make you happy without spending a ton of money on them.
Hiking is one of those hobbies that makes you leave the house and enjoy nature’s splendor. You will stride trails, forests, and mountains, all the while improving your health. It’s great for your heart and lungs, you’re out in the fresh air, and the physical strain activates the pleasure hormones in your body. You will feel elated, and you will meet some new people, as there are often hiking events all over the world.
I know what you’re thinking – hiking equipment costs money. While that may be true there are a few counterpoints that I have to mention:
- There is no equipment necessary for beginner tracks and trails.
- Any equipment that you buy will likely last for a very long time unless you plan on hiking every day and in every weather.
- Hiking is social, so your new friends will let you in on a few secrets regarding preserving your equipment.
A great way to clear your head and keep your weight in check, running is something that requires no special training or talent. I, myself, am a very clumsy person, and what jogging has done for me in the past is that it allowed me to have a comfortable routine in everyday life and has improved my stamina.
If you are not exactly a beginner when it comes to running and jogging, you can train yourself to run a 5k, 10k, and even a marathon! You don’t even have to be in an official competition – this is something you can do for your own personal sense of achievement.
Another benefit of running is that, after some distance, your mind goes into a trance-like state. It is very close to meditating in that your body focuses on the task at hand, and your mind is relieved of everyday stress for a while. It improves your mood and preps your mind for problems up ahead.
Create Something New
Do you have ideas you wish to come to life? Maybe you are knowledgeable in terms of history or science. Well, here is your chance to share what you know with the world. You can draw a webcomic, record a lesson about WW2, or simply write a story.
There is no need for expensive equipment unless you turn your hobby into a business. All you need is a pen, some paper, a microphone and, maybe, a camera. You’ll turn into a content creator in no time. Remember that you are doing this for fun, so there is no need to try to compete with the best out there, at least for a few years.
This is actually my favorite affordable pastime. You don’t have to buy books unless you want to. You can borrow books from your local library, or download free ebooks and audiobooks that are in the public domain. Catch up on classics, learn about the world, visit the future or fly into fantasy.