Winter Indoor Hobbies

Stuck on ideas of what to do when it's cold outside? Here are 4 indoor winter hobbies to get you through the colder months.

Winter Indoor Hobbies

1. Teach yourself a new language 

One great indoor hobby to try this winter is learning a new language. Nowadays, you can find tons of resources online to help you learn a wide range of new skills. One of my favorite ways to learn a new language is Duolingo. Duolingo is a fantastic app that I've used a lot to learn a variety of words and phrases in other languages, such as Spanish, German, French and Italian. They've added a lot of new language courses recently, and it's a really fun way to  practice speaking and writing in another language. You can read more about my experience with Duolingo here

2. Winter is great for getting stuck in books

Another indoor hobby to keep you busy in the winter is reading new books. Perhaps there's a new author that you've been wanting to check out, or like me you've got a long list of books on your reading list. Finding a book (or a book series), getting comfortable, making a cup of tea and reading during the winter has huge appeal to me.

If you get a few days break in the winter, it gives you even more time to explore new books. I like making a trip to the bookstore in the winter, to pick out some books from both fiction and non-fiction genres that will inspire me and inform me so that I can reach my goals for the new year. Here's a post I recently wrote about 5 great ways to find a new book to read, if you'd like to stock up your winter reading list this year.  

3. Try a different workout routine

Why not try get creative with an exercise routine this winter? You could try out some classes offered by your local gym for a couple of weeks. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I love Zumba, and I always like to attend some drop in classes during the winter months. Look at the classes and programs that your local gym has to offer during the winter, and see if there's something new you'd like to try. Outdoor sports may be out of the question, but there are still fun ways to get moving and get the energizing flow of endorphins that come from a intensive workout sesh. 

You don't even need to leave the house if you don't want to - there are many great 10 to 30 minute workout videos on YouTube that are really enjoyable and can easily be done at home. With a bit of searching around, you'll be able to find one that appeals to you and  then devote some time each day to following it. Exercising at home is great fun when you give it some thought and customization. 

4. Engage yourself in creative writing 

Creative writing is another interesting winter indoor hobby to try out. Get a notepad, and brainstorm some topics that you feel passionate about and that you think you could develop.

Writing for fun is not only a fantastic way to improve your writing skills, but it is also a great opportunity to challenge yourself and learn more about yourself. I recently found an awesome page that lists 365 creative writing prompts if you're ever in a writing mood or perhaps you want to write but you're experiencing writer's block.

Whether you'd like to write a novel someday or you just want to create a temporary journal, a bit of writing each day is a great way to motivate yourself to become a better writer. Moreover, you'll have something special to look back on in future months & years. Who else finds it both amusing and insightful to look at samples of their writing in the past? Writing is a beautiful way to express yourself and generate ideas, and perhaps you can share your most prized pieces with others when you're done. 

Thanks for reading! What are your go-to winter indoor hobbies?

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