A sudden short period of something
Decide you want something and try hard to get it
Become more successful than someone/something else
Large and heavy
A sound like fire burning
A list of things you need to do
Someone who loves books and reads a lot
Inconvenient and uncomfortable
Are you looking to make a change and introduce something new to your life in the New Year? Here we have selected a range of great hobbies for all different tastes which will surely keep you motivated in 2020. Check them out:
With the excesses of the holidays behind us, January is the traditional time of year to take up a healthy new habit, go on a detox or just try to spend a bit less. So, are you looking for a change to your exercise routine? High-intensity interval training is an approach to exercise which is gaining a lot of popularity due to the fact that it lets you burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. The idea is simple: you do short bursts of aerobic exercise at around 90% of your capacity (this can be of any type of aerobic exercise – running, cycling, skipping etc.) and then rest for at least as long as you exercised. The idea is that when you really push yourself, your body has to work harder to get back to its resting state, burning more calories in the process. Great, right? You can try to incorporate HIIT into whatever training you already do, and many gyms now have HIIT classes, so no excuses!
Vlogging has been getting a lot of attention in recent years, what with the rise of YouTube as a platform and in the number of youtubers who are making a real career out of creating videos online. But you don’t have to have your sights set on social media stardom to be able to enjoy vlogging – in fact, if you just do it as a hobby you might enjoy it more! A vlog is a kind of ‘blog’ or online journal entry, but is a video instead of text. The idea is that you film things that happen in your daily life and upload them regularly, that’s it! Whatever interests you is valid content: there are vloggers who cover travelling, gaming, technology, cooking and then there are those who just cover whatever they get up to in their daily life. The best way to start is to just film: don’t overthink it. Talk about what is on your mind, film the things you see and do during your day, interact with your potential audience. Most of all, just enjoy it!
Did you know that vinyl sales are set to overtake CD sales? Despite it seeming like an outdated format, vinyl has become an increasingly attractive option for music lovers. Isn’t it strange that, in the age of streaming media, this relatively cumbersome physical object is making a comeback? There are many reasons vinyl lovers choose their hobby. One is the joy that a physical object with gorgeous artwork and liner notes can bring. Another is the hunt: the act of searching through thousands of records in a store in order to find that one you need, or in hope of finding a hidden gem. Others also prefer the high-quality ‘warm’ sound that they produce and that comforting crackle as the needle sinks into the groove. However, it should be noted that collecting vinyl records is not the cheapest hobby - €20 on just one new record is a lot compared to your €10/month streaming subscription. And that’s not to mention the cost of turntables and equipment! But there are cheaper ways to do it – second-hand shops are a good place to find bargains if you are prepared to do a bit of searching, and websites like discogs.com make it even easier. One for the music lovers!
You may have already come across the plethora of social media posts and accounts dedicated to this relatively new trend. Bullet journaling, or BuJo, is a notebook organisation system with a devoted following. It is designed to bring together all the notes you take, all the appointment times, creative ideas, diary entries, to-do lists and everything else you might want to note down, and put them into one single notebook system. It might take some getting used to in comparison to a traditional agenda, but it is super flexible and leaves plenty of room for creativity. According to its creator, BuJo is an analog system designed to track the past, organise the present and plan for the future. Sound good? There are loads of instagram posts with beautifully carried out BuJo entries for inspiration, but you don’t need to be artsy to do it. It’s easy to get started, you can use any kind of blank notebook, so watch this video to find out how it works:
Online Book Club
Are you a bookworm? Have you ever finished a fantastic book and wished you just had someone to talk to about it? If so, this is the hobby for you! Digital book clubs are really easy to access, the majority are hosted across platforms such as Goodreads, Google Groups, Facebook and more, and they don’t require the time commitment of the real life thing – there’s no awkwardness if you didn’t have time to read the book that month. There are online clubs big and small, from those which have very specific to those with massive followings, such as Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf, a feminist book club she set up to share what she was learning as part of her work with UN Women. If you are into books, then you’ll surely be able to find one that suits your interests, so have a look!