The older we get, the more difficult it becomes to take up new hobbies. But making time for the things we enjoy is important. Studies have proven again and again that stress from a bad work-life balance can have lasting negative health effects.

While the internet may contribute to some of that stress, it can also be used help you dive into a new, stress-relieving hobby and connect with others with similar interests. Even if no one geographically close to you enjoys the same activities, you can still learn about and discuss your hobby with an online community.

These four hobbies are perfect for beginners or those returning to a past love. They all have a diverse member base eager to share their tips and tricks. Additionally, they don’t have many barriers to entry - it’s easy to get started! If you’re on the hunt for a new hobby, check out these four fun activities with active online communities to help you get started.

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1. Golfing

Golfing will get you up, active, and away from your desk. Golf is both an upper and lower body workout and taking in the fresh air of the course is a wonderful way to unwind after a busy week.

You may be surprised to learn that golf has a strong online community. After all, isn’t it more popular among older, less tech-savvy generations?

Sure, golf may be a bit of a graying sport, but golf websites and forums are more active than ever. People from all over the world are logging in to share their techniques, discuss famous players, and share their thoughts on the latest clubs and accessories. This Bombtech driver review is a great example of the kind of helpful content you can find if you’re just starting to take up golf.

Golf’s popularity may have waned in recent years, but something you’ll never be able to say about the golf community is that they are not passionate about the sport.

2. Gaming

Another community to consider joining is the gaming community. While this lacks the outdoor component of golfing, playing video games is an incredibly popular activity with a large and highly active online community.

While they tend to get a bad rep, video games have been proven to have numerous cognitive benefits. Aside from being just plain fun, games improve balance, focus, and spatial awareness.

We’ve come a long way from Tetris. From intense games of city building strategy like Anno 1800 to more relaxed farming games like Stardew Valley, you can find a video game about anything you’re interested in.

Gaming communities often bond over new releases and nostalgia for games from their childhood. It’s easy to connect with other gamers to either chat and discuss your thoughts on a game or to game together no matter your location.

3. Cooking

With thousands upon thousands of recipes and how-to videos online, anyone can learn to cook. You don’t need any formal culinary school training – all you need is a kitchen, some ingredients, and the ability to follow directions.

The online cooking community is huge! From forums where home cooks can swap recipes to the comment sections where people share their success (or failure) cooking a certain recipe, you’ll find no shortage of support on your delicious journey.

4. Running

Lastly, you could consider joining the running community. This very athletic community has a surprisingly strong online presence. Runners and hikers alike share everything from trail recommendations to reviews on seemingly every running shoe imaginable. Altogether, this is a very newbie friendly community. And because running is typically a solo hobby, it’s nice to be able to connect, compare times, and swap tips with others.

Published by Sarah Williams