A List Of Recreations Or Hobbies

Some recreations, such as frisbee, have become so popular that new competitive sports have evolved out of them (Ultimate Frisbee).

“I must confess that I am interested in leisure in the same way that a poor man is interested in money,” said Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England. All of us need rest and relaxation from work and the stresses of life, rich or poor. Indeed, as we get older, we will benefit from trying out new hobbies and recreations.

Indoor Hobbies

Some hobbies are usually enjoyed indoors, either in a house, garage or studio. Cooking, woodworking, crocheting, playing the piano, reading, quilting, stamp collecting and scrap-booking all take place indoors, for the most part. Many popular craft activities such as beading, doll making, origami and quilting also take place most often indoors. Some indoor hobbies require much technical expertise, such as glass blowing or pottery, while others such as collecting may require a lot of time, passion and know-how, but perhaps not too much technical skill.

Light Outdoor Recreation

Some outdoor recreational activities do not require too much physical exertion. You do not have to get your heart rate too high for the most part when enjoying fishing, bird watching, butterfly collecting, outdoor photography, nature walking, gardening, bonsai raising, geocaching, people watching and outdoor painting. Many of these require some mental exertion and perhaps the occasional burst of physical activity, but for the most part are considered light outdoor recreation.

Strenuous Outdoor Activities

There are many popular outdoor recreational activities which require moderate-to-heavy physical exertion. Snow skiing, water skiing, rock climbing, paintball, horse riding, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, running, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, four-wheeling, kayaking, white-water rafting, skydiving, hang-gliding, ballet, belly dancing, golfing and table tennis all require at least a moderate amount of strenuous activity. Some recreations, such as mountain climbing and hot air ballooning, can get the blood pumping due to the risky nature of the activity, as well.

Performance Recreations and Hobbies

Several hobbies do not involve just the person partaking in the activity, but include performing a competitive or non-competitive skill for an audience, large or small. Many people enjoy various performance hobbies such as singing, acting, juggling, puppet theater, poetry reading, story telling, guitar playing, martial arts, magic tricks, poetry reading and karaoke. Some recreations do not typically involve performing but given the right coordination, can be made into spectacles, including water skiing and jet skiing.