f you’re like most guys, your free time is limited. And after a long work week, it’s tough to use that free time for anything other than lying on the couch. I get it.
But think about your free time like this: when you’re sitting in your rocking chair at 80 years old, what would you rather remember doing:
1. Coming home after work, and then using your free time to sit around playing video games and watching TV
2. Using free time to learn new skills, have new experiences, and intentionally make yourself a better man?
You’d rather remember #2, right? Then check this out:
One of the best ways to become man #2 is to pursue manly hobbies… you’ll definitely learn those new skills/have new experiences… and I strongly believe that classic, masculine hobbies (like woodworking, martial arts, or playing music) can help you become a better, more intelligent, more well-rounded man.
I have made for you the ultimate list of cheap (frugal ) hobbies.You can find it HERE!
But this list is made especially for men,and it will not only include hobbies that are cheap, but others that are not so cheap yet can be,if you do them right.
Here are the best 25 fun hobbies for men:
1. Spear Fishing
Spear fishing is much more like hunting game than traditional fishing with a line.
When you spear fish, you actually become an underwater hunter… using a spear gun, you hunt fish as large as 20 pounds.
Of course, to a lot of guys, the best part of this hobby is eating the hobby’s end result (and knowing that the more you practice, the better you hunt… and the more delicious fish dinners you eat).
But remember this:
Spear fishing is still fishing, so you’ll need a fishing license before you start.
2. Martial Arts
artial arts (judo, jujutsu, taekwondo, krav maga, etc.) are ancient forms of fighting/self defense, and usually originate from Asian countries.
Not only are most martial arts an incredible full-body workout (which is why so many gyms have classes based on them)… but they provide other benefits, too:
- A highly practical skill. Of course, as a general rule, you should avoid a fight… but if you can’t, martial arts training will give you the ability to defend yourself.
- Mental stimulation. Most martial arts styles require high levels of strategy to beat your opponent. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has even been called “human chess” (indicating the incredible amount of mental concentration it takes).
- Tight-knit social communities. When you train with the same men every day, literally putting your blood and sweat into it, you develop a sort of brotherhood. I personally haven’t found any other activity that can create the bonds that martial arts can.
3. Car Racing
Does it get any more manly than racing cars? There are probably plenty of tracks around to tear up some road and release your need for speed.
Offroading is exactly what is sounds like: navigating rough, rocky, uneven, muddy terrain off the paved roads.
It’s one of the most fun hobbies for men, since it combines so many things we love:
Cars, outdoors, challenges, and even a little danger.
It’s easy to start off roading, but not easy to master it… you can start right now if you have a truck, jeep or SUV (with all-terrain tires), but there’s a high likelihood of rolling, flipping, or even breaking your vehicle (though for most guys, that’s the fun part).
Be sure to research the location you plan to navigate, to ensure your vehicle can handle it, and always go with multiple vehicles to get you out of a tight spot (literally).
Hobbies don’t always have to be skills that you learn…
…they can simply be something you do that makes you happy.
Hiking doesn’t require you to learn a new skill, but it’s one of the best ways to exercise and experience nature’s beauty… in fact, many mountain tops or lakes deep in a forest, are only accessible if you hike, mountain bike or horseback ride to them.
Here’s the bottom line:
Hiking is an incredibly simple hobby that any man can do. It gives you great exercise, lets you experience new places, and can even be a highly social hobby (or great date idea!).
6. Firearm Enthusiast
If it isn’t fast cars, it’s got to be guns, right? What else could be a more straightforward manly way to spend your free time?
Skiing and snowboarding are winter’s most popular sports… mostly because they’re incredibly fun, a good workout, and can be a challenge for anyone (even men who’ve done it for years).
The main downside to these winter sports as a hobby is that they can get expensive…
…but if you have a few dollars to spare, these can be a hobby/adventure that you can improve on for years.
encing is an ancient form of sword fighting… but instead of thick, iron broadswords, fencers use thin stainless steel swords (called foils).
Fencing is a highly competitive and strategic sport that’s also an incredible work out.
There are two main types of fencing:
Classical fencing, designed to look like an actual sword fight
Sport (Olympic Style) fencing, which is a competitive sport
Both styles combine strategy, athleticism and technique… making it a great hobby for men to try.
Wind, sun, exercise: windsurfing has it all. You’ll be at the beach. You’ll look good. You’ll work on your balance. It’s just plain cool.
Bouldering is a more extreme form of rock climbing… you scale smaller rocks (under 15ft.) with no ropes attached. It can feel like a much more natural way to climb… and it’s a fun, extreme hobby for adventurous men.
Just like rock climbing, you can boulder indoors, in a climbing gym, or outdoors on an actual boulder.
If you’re bouldering outdoors (unsupervised), always climb with friends and crash pads.
When you backpack, you carry everything you need to survive in the wilderness on your back. It’s a hobby that combines minimal living with outdoor adventure.
Backpacking can last a few days (backpack camping) or up to a few months (backpack travelling).
No matter how short/long you live with just the supplies you can carry, you’ll definitely be experiencing something new.
12. Sports – Refereeing
For those of us born with a love of sports but no skill to play them, refereeing still lets you be part of the game and make some money from it!
Motorcycling is an incredibly manly hobby: it’s fun, challenging, freeing, and a little dangerous.
And it gets better:
You can buy a decent motorcycle for around $1000, and it doesn’t take much practice to ride well.
Plus, there’s a lot of practical value to owning a motorcycle. They’re one of the most gas efficient ways to get around, parking is incredibly easy, and you can make riding a social activity.
14. Horseback Riding
Horseback riding allows you to truly get in touch with nature… not only by being outside, but by depending on a (formerly) wild animal to get you around.
Owning a horse is pretty expensive, so it’s a good idea to practice with a horse at a stable near you. There you’ll be able to ride with an experienced rider, and see if it’s something you really enjoy.
15. Reviewing Gadgets
You get to play with new toys and help others pick the best ones.
16. Flying Model Planes
There’s just something so cool about the way that planes move through the air. And a model plane is a great way to enjoy the miracle of flight in miniature form. Plus… you get to control everything with your remote.
What’s not to love, right?
And check it out:
There’s a huge range of models for every budget.
You can get everything from a miniature prop plane to an actual jet-fuel-powered model F-16. (Editorial note: this is a link you can use for a video) Imagine piloting that thing around while doing cool loops and barrel rolls.
Boxing is a great hobby for a few reasons:
- It’s manly. There’s definitely a rugged masculinity in learning how to fight with your fists, right?
- It builds confidence. Boxing is a greatform of self-defense. Andknowing that you could fight if you had gives you a sense of security.
- It’s a great workout. After all, boxing is an intense full-body exercise.
And boxing is a manly tradition that dates back thousands of years. So why not step into the ring and try a few rounds?
There’s no better way to meet interesting people and have some great adventures than handing out drinks and seeing what happens.
19. Using Ham Radio
Being an amateur radio enthusiast involves using the airwaves to transmit messages to other enthusiasts around the world.
And there’s a big community of people to talk to or get involved with. They even have their own technical language… but they are always willing to help new people get into ham radio.
And a supportive community and a valuable skill are always great when it comes to choosing your hobby.
You do need a license in most places to operate an amateur radio broadcast.
Running is one of the easiest hobbies to start… all you need is a pair of running shoes.
But check this out:
Running is also one of the healthiest hobbies, both your physically and mentally. Physically, it can:
- Build stronger muscles source
- Help you lose weight via burning calories source
- Lower your risk of developing blood clots source
- Boost your immune system (you’ll get sick less often) source
Mentally, it can:
- Significantly reduce stress source
- Reduce risk of depression through the secretion of hormones source
Not bad for one hobby, right?
21. Wine Making
It takes some knowledge and skill, but the finally product is worth it. Think of all the great evenings you can have sharing your own wine.
Hunting is something that men have done from the beginning of human history. It’s primal. And it’s a great way to get in touch with your manly roots.
It’s also a rewarding hobby that you can share with your family. Lots of guys have memories of hunting with their dads or grandfathers. And that’s something you can pass along to your own kids or grandkids.
Always get the right tags and permission before you start hunting.
23. Practicing Survival Skills
The skills you need to survive in the wild are ones that men used to depend on to make it through the day. And that’s a tradition that most guys have forgotten. And think about it:
Aren’t those the kind of skills you want to learn?
Developing basic survival skills is an awesome way to get out in nature and be part of keeping those traditions alive for another generation.
And you get the confidence of knowing that you could survive anywhere.
Fun, exciting, daring, and yet completely harmless in the end, it’s a great way to get out in nature and play.
Surfing isn’t a hobby as much as it’s a lifestyle. Once you get a taste of surfing you’ll find that it’s hard to stop. There’s just something about flying over the water on a board that leaves you wanting more. Not to mention the fact that it can be a great date idea.
And surfing is not only a ton of fun… but a great workout as well.
It combines the cardio of swimming with the core work out of balancing on a surfboard.
Think about it:
It’s a great workout that’s so fun you don’t want to stop.
What’s not to love about that?
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