4. Backpacking, camping & hiking
Going backpacking or hiking is one of the most soothing ways to get out of your comfort zone and experience life in nature. Spending time in the wilderness not only helps us be mentally and physically tougher as men, it also helps us to calm our anxieties and heal our soul. When you get out and spend time in the great outdoors with minimal supplies, you learn how to survive in nature while your heart is filled with adventure.
Spending a few days in nature and camping with your friends, family or just by yourself is one of the perfect hobbies for men. Fitness and health expert Efrain writes “No matter how short/long you live with just the supplies you can carry, you’ll definitely be experiencing something new.”
5. Car restoration
If you are looking for a passion project then what can be better than restoring your old car? Automobile restoration is a genuine hobby and is gaining more traction among men. “Taking a beat-up pile of metal and turning it into a shining, powerful restoration car is something you can be proud of,” explains Gentleman’s Gazette. Of course, it requires some financial investment and learning about the intricacies of automobiles, but it can give you something to work on for a long time, learn new skills and get a fully restored car that you can be really proud of.
Author Tom Shaw writes “We can aim high or go low. For those preferring to operate in the heights, restoring your muscle car demands flying at a mental and mechanical altitude that, just a few years ago, was inaccessible to mortal man. If you are one who soars way up there with the high achievers, the world owes you at least a pat on the back.” Hobbies for men don’t get manlier than this.
Each and every man must know how to cook. It’s more of a requirement than a hobby. Whether you learn to put a sandwich together or craft a Michelin star worthy meal, cooking is perhaps the most satisfying personal interest to pursue. What’s more is that women absolutely love men who can cook. But there are practical benefits to learning cooking as well. It makes you a lot more independent and it saves money as you don’t have to order out or go out to eat as often. But most of all, it helps you stay healthy.
Moreover, learning to cook can also help you strengthen your relationship as well. According to an article in FashionBeans, “a survey conducted last year found that couples who cook together also stay together. Eighty-seven per cent of people surveyed said cooking together strengthens a relationship, while 88 per cent of people in a relationship said cooking helped communication.”
Taking up photography as a passion will not only enable you to express yourself through beautiful images, it will also enable you to capture various special moments of life. Whether you use a professional camera or just your smartphone, photography can be one of the most enjoyable hobbies for men. You can learn about the intricacies of photography like understanding about cameras, lenses, composition, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, lighting and editing and have a great time. Although it can take some time and practice to become an expert, with dedication you can surely become a master photographer.
“With digital cameras and digital editing software becoming cheaper, photography as a hobby is more popular and accessible than ever. One benefit of photography as a hobby is that you can combine other interests with it,” according to the Art Of Manliness.
8. Learn a new language
Learning a new language is not just one of the most engaging hobbies for men, but it is also very exciting. Not only will you learn about other cultures, it will also help you communicate better when you travel for business or for leisure. If you have the dedication to become a polyglot, someone who speaks several languages, then you can even choose to become a tutor or a translator for important people.
The Art Of Manliness states “Learning a foreign language can be pretty difficult, but when you really think about it, the ability to speak two entirely different languages is pretty dang cool. The key is to continually practice or you’ll never get better and retain what you’ve learned.”