So, there’s goes 2020. A year like no other.
From the 5K challenge of social media to 99-year-old Captain Tom walking 100 lengths across his garden, it’s been a time for people getting out there, putting their best foot forward, and doing what they can to bring positivity to other lives, not to mention their own.
Now the year is up, how do you feel like your active pursuits are going? Have they been held back by the situation, or has it left you wanting to find more new active hobbies and new ways to make the very most of your time outside?
Here’s our rundown of the best ways to find a brand new hobby for 2021.
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 and mean 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 2020, 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 with practice, as 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 can still receive excellent instructions and feedback from your coach or instructor.
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 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 you’re friends are up to, it could be the start of something beautiful.
Try out a sport in your local area
When it came to trying to find a new hobby pre-2020, a perfectly normal suggestion would be to check out what’s going on in your local area, to see what kind of sports clubs are available. However, with the way things are, that is now not so simple.
Instead of searching for organised fun, it’s worth checking out what is on offer in terms of sporting facilities that may not be getting as much use and attention in recent times.
Noticed that your local park has a tennis court? Pick up a couple of rackets and tennis balls, find a friend, and have a game! Those old goalposts on the nearby football pitch? There’s more to football than just a physical game of 11-a-side. 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
Another element of 2020 that won’t be missed by those looking for new ways to get active, was the amount of time we sat in front of the screen this year.
However, this could still be used to your advantage. Streamed any sporting film or TV show that really got your heart pumping and the hairs on the back of your neck tingling? From Netflix’s The Last Dance to the American Football film Remember The Titans, the sport has given us so many examples of film and television shows that inspire 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, Pilates, Yoga
- Tennis - Table, Tennis, Badminton or Squash
- Cycling - Road Cycling, Mountain Biking, Cyclo-Cross, BMXing, Track Cycling
- Boxing - Kickboxing, Wrestling, Judo, Karate, MMA
- Cricket - Golf, Rounders, Softball, Baseball
- Snowboarding - Surfing
- Ice-skating - Rollerblading, Roller Skating
- Volleyball - Handball, Spikeball
These are not hard and fast rules, and can also work vice-versa.
Any more you can think of? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments section below.
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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 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, the best place to practice to nutritional and physical training tips, we’ve got just what you need to start 2021 in a new and active way. Check out our Beginner Guides here.