8 hobbies that will make you smarter

Why do you need a hobby? "Hobbies are terrible; like those extracurricular activities your parents forced you to do..."*

Now the other side of the story - A hobby keeps you mentally and physically and creatively active - It keeps you inspired! It's like hitting the Refresh button on your keyboard when you want to reload the day's routine and give yourself a break. I am no expert but here are 8 broad categories of hobbies you can choose from incase you are looking out for a new pursuit. Feel free to add to the list if you have more ideas to share.

1. Team Sports

Cricket, Basketball, Volleyball ... Click here for a list of Team Sports played around the world today.

2. 2-Person Sports

Tennis, Badminton, Chess ... Are you wondering what kind of a sportsperson you are? Take this fun online quiz here to get your answer.

3. Combat Sports

Kick boxing, Judo, Muay Thai ... About Boxing - "Boxing allows you to experience the full brutality of a fight, in a somewhat controlled environment". Read this interesting take on why all fighters must learn Boxing

4. Single Person Activities/Sports

Swimming, Yoga, Fishing ... Here is a fun fact if you consider Scuba Diving as your activity - Once you get below 10 metres depth, you can't see red or yellow! If you cut yourself your blood looks blue. Read more facts here.

5. Dance

Belly-dancing, Zumba, Ballet ... As the Huffington Post puts it "Dancing has a way of taking your cares away. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Electric Slide, the Macarena or your own crazy moves. Who hasn’t gotten lost in an upbeat song as they jumped around?" Dancing has tremendous health benefits. Read about it here.

6. Creative Hobbies

Origami, Sculpture, Quilting ... Now there is something absolutely cathartic and liberating about Pottery. Agree? Enjoy these fab images on Pinterest and get to the wheel quick!

Click here to watch the video

Click here to watch the video

7. Learning an Instrument

Piano, Harmonica, and the Guitar of course :) ... So how does Drumming improve your life? It combats stress and acts as a pain reliever. You read that right - Read more here.

8. Things to do for Fun

Kite flying, Sudoku, Volunteering for a social cause ... Now this one's for the extreme-order-personality. Check out 15 strange hobbies from all around the world. #8 is err... umm... kind of bizzare - Check it out here.

Watch Leili Towfigh's pottery art

Watch Leili Towfigh's pottery art

A freebie for you - 17 hobbies you can pick up on the internet for zero-cost. Click here to know more.

Share your hobby with me and my blog readers - We all need a dose of inspiration every once in a while. Meanwhile I will get back to some Blogging and well, you can add this to your Creative hobby list too!

* [As quoted from MEL magazine]
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