With lockdown behind us and the new season approaching, it's time to get back out there and get active. Whether you've put your hobbies on hold, or are looking to try something new, now is the perfect time to reignite your sporting passion.

With the spring comes warmer weather and longer days, so why not make the most of spending more time outside with a new hobby? Afterall, getting active should be fun. So why not discover a new sport and do more of what you love?

Want to be inspired? Here’s our rundown of the best ways to find a brand new hobby for 2022.

Looking for a low-cost sport?

It can be tricky looking for a new hobby to get passionate about. There’s always the fear that you may overcommit yourself and then once you’ve paid for the clothing and equipment, realise it’s not for you.

The expression ‘all the gear and no idea' comes to mind.

A good way to deal with this potential problem is by checking out sports that don’t require a great deal financially to get involved with. This means you only need to invest in the gear once you know it’s exactly what you want to be doing. This can also apply to classes for new hobbies.

One of the great things to go mainstream from our lockdown days is workouts via video call. It's something that hopefully should continue in the future, as it’s a fantastic way for first-timers to get involved in a new activity. It doesn’t require signing up to anything long term, you won’t feel nervous exercising in front of people you don’t know, and you can still receive excellent instructions and feedback from your coach.

When it comes to trying out something new at a low cost, there’s never been a better time than the present!

Get involved in a sport that your friends love

There’s a lot to be said for finding your own hobbies, ones that take you out of your comfort zone and enable you to learn a totally new set of skills that are different from anyone in your social circle. However, there’s also absolutely nothing wrong with picking up a sport that one or many of your friends are already interested in.

From both the perspective of finding a new activity and developing friendships further, having someone close to you that is already passionate about what you’re getting involved with gives you an excellent launchpad into the hobby, as you can both learn and feel comfortable from the get go.

See what your friends are up to, it could be the start of something beautiful.

Try out a sport in your local area

Unless you specifically look, you probably don't realise actually how much is going on in your local area. And if you do find something you enjoy, you won't need to travel far to do it.

Start by checking out what's on offer at your local leisure centre as many sports classes and fitness sessions will be back up and running again now. Or does your local park have a tennis court? Pick up a couple of rackets and tennis balls, find a friend, and have a game! How about those old goalposts on the nearby football pitch? There’s more to football than just a physical game of 11-a-side. And, is there a quiet park or unused running track not far from your house? Well, there’s never been a better time to get out and start running.

By just embracing your surroundings, there’s no telling what your new hobby could be.

Get inspired by a film or TV show

We've all been guilty of sitting in front of the screen and binge watching far too many Netflix shows over the past year. But have you been inspired to get active or take up a new hobby after streaming a good sporting film or TV show that really got your heart pumping? From Netflix’s 'The Last Dance' to the American Football film 'Remember The Titans', there are so many examples of film and television shows that encourage us to do more with ourselves.

So, why not use this inspiration for your next hobby? It doesn’t need to be something as specific as the sport in films you’ve watched recently, it just needs to get you outside and active.

Feel like you’ve missed out on sporting documentaries and are not sure where to start? Why not check out our rundown of the best sporting documentaries on Netflix right now.

Make the transition from an activity you’re already interested in

You may already be closer to your new hobby than you first thought.

If you’ve already attained a good level of health and fitness and committed to one active hobby, many sporting experts believe that making the transition to another not too dissimilar isn’t as difficult as some may think.

If you’ve developed a good foundation for a certain type of fitness, for example, conditioning, you should be able to move into another sport that requires a similar level of that exercise. This also applies to your movement patterns, which are believed to be similar across a wide range of sporting pursuits, meaning you’ll have a great head start against other first-timers.

Of course, you won’t be totally ready for this new hobby, and like everything, there will be areas you need to learn and adapt to improve for, but that’s the fun of picking up something new, right?

Here are a few examples of sports and their spin-offs:

  • Walking - Hiking, Geocaching, Nordic Walking
  • Running - Trail Running, Triathlon
  • Gym / Fitness - Cross Training, Rowing, Pilates, Yoga
  • Tennis - Table Tennis, Badminton, Squash
  • Cycling - Road Cycling, Mountain Biking, Cyclo-Cross, BMXing, Track Cycling
  • Boxing - Kickboxing, Wrestling, Judo, Karate, MMA
  • Cricket - Golf, Rounders, Softball, Baseball
  • Snowboarding - Skiing, Surfing, Skateboarding
  • Ice-skating - Rollerblading, Roller Skating
  • Volleyball - Handball, Spikeball, Basketball

These are not hard and fast rules, and it can also work vice-versa.

Any more you can think of? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments section below.

Discover a wide range of sporting introductions on Decathlon PLAY

Still feeling a little unsure of how to approach new sporting pursuits?

Don’t worry, we’ve put together an extensive selection of beginner guides on our PLAY platform that may help you gain a better understanding of the sports you’re potentially interested in, and maybe some you hadn't considered for new hobby ideas.

From the kit you need and the best place to practice, to nutritional and physical training tips, we’ve got just what you need to continue 2022 in a new and active way. Check out our Beginner Guides here.