60 Hobbies For Women That Are Actually Fun And Healthy
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Are you searching for some hobbies for women that you can enjoy? If so, you're doing your mental and physical health a big favor.
We spend an average of about 23 hours a week on email, texting and social media.
That's a full day on your digital devices doing things that are often mindless or mind-numbing — not to mention the sedentary nature of using these devices.
What if you spent your free time pursuing your favorite hobbies rather than surfing the net?
There are so many benefits to having an actual, real-world hobby.
Obviously, any physical or athletic hobby is going to make you stronger, more fit, and healthier in general.
But hobbies have many mental and emotional benefits as well.
When you perform your hobby, you're in that state of “flow” when time disappears, and you're completely present with the activity.
- Fun Hobbies for Women
- Interesting Hobbies for Women
- Outdoor Hobbies for Women
- Arts and Crafts Hobbies for Women
- Active Hobbies for Women
- Cooking and Food Related Hobbies for Women
- Self-Improvement Hobbies for Women
Also, any hobby that involves some level of challenge or concentration will improve your mental strength.
This is particularly important as we age, because the more mentally active we remain, the less prone we are to mental decline and dementia.
If you don't have a hobby now, or if you haven't practiced it in a long time, this list of ideas for fun and engaging hobbies will help you choose the ones that suit you best.
We updated this list of 60 hobbies for women for 2020.
Fun Hobbies for Women
Just behind reading, traveling is one of my favorite hobbies. I LOVE visiting new places (3 weeks in Colorado in 2017) and having adventures that are memorable and fun. Travel doesn't have to cost a lot of money.
You can visit state parks with inexpensive cabins, do a house swap with someone, or just go on a road trip to visit friends and family.
Getting out of your day-to-day environment and seeing new people and sites is enlightening, exciting, and loads of fun.
2. Adult Coloring
Adult coloring books have made a huge break-out in recent years, because, let's face it — coloring is fun. And it's a mindfulness activity that reduces stress and stimulates creativity.
We knew that when we were kids, and adult coloring books allow us to remember the joy with a book designed just for us.
There are so many styles of adult coloring books — from complicated mandalas to animals and florals.
3. Going to the Movies
With so many streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon, you might find yourself watching movies at home rather than going to the theater.
But remember how fun it is to go to the movies, sit in a darkened theater with your popcorn and drink, and watch a movie on a giant screen.
Create a movie group or club with other women, and plan to see a new flick every month. Then you can discuss the movie afterward and share your impressions.
Grab a Fandango gift card so you are inspired to go out to the movies rather than staying home.
4. Watching Documentaries
Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Hulu and so many more providers offer outstanding documentaries that are educational, entertaining, funny, and even scary.
Research a list of your favorite genres and where to watch them. Then invite a friend or two over for a documentary-watching binge.
Add a glass or two of wine, and call it the most fun hobby of the week!
5. Playing Board Games
Remember doing this on rainy days or when you were bored as a kid? Once you started the game, it was so much fun you didn't want to stop.
Board games have always been fun and are a great way to spend time with friends and family.
If the game is slightly challenging, it keeps your brain active as well.
6. Listening to Music
Most of us have a few different genres of music we listen to, but we rarely venture out to explore other types of music.
There are so many types of music and so many new musicians offering a huge variety of styles that could appeal to you more than you might guess.
Make it a hobby to check out a new artist or music genre every week, and focus on listening to a variety of songs within that genre.
One of the best places to find new music is on Spotify, and if you want to enjoy your tunes on some amazing speakers, you might try the Echo Plus smart home speakers.
Do you have stuff around your house you don't use or need? Can you find items at a store that are deeply discounted that you could re-sell?
Have you created something that others might want to buy? You can make some great extra cash on the side by selling your own stuff or things you make or buy and re-sell at a mark-up.
Sites like Amazon's FBA Program, Etsy, and eBay are great places to promote and sell your stuff with very little effort.
8. Learning Magic Tricks
Entertain yourself and your friends by learning how to perform magic tricks.
From sleight of hand card tricks to spoon bending, these tricks will engage your brain as you practice them and impress those around you.
9. Putting Together Puzzles
Like board games, puzzles are activities we don't prioritize anymore because we have so many distractions.
But jigsaw puzzles help cognitive processes, improving your memory, creativity, and focus.
You can work on a puzzle by yourself or enjoy it as a group activity.
Interesting Hobbies for Women
10. Recording Audio Books
With more and more people listening to audiobooks, the demand for voice talent to record the books is growing.
Why not turn this demand into a fun and potentially lucrative hobby for yourself? If you have a nice speaking voice and enjoy books, this could be a perfect opportunity for you.
Or you could volunteer to read books for the hearing impaired. Organizations that need your help include:
Tracing your family roots is a deeply satisfying hobby that will serve not only you and your immediate family, but also your future relatives for years to come.
It involves organizational skills, research, and curiosity, and leads to more understanding of who you are and where you came from.
12. Creating YouTube Videos
Are you an expert on something — like makeup, cooking, decorating, knitting, or some other interest where you can teach or help other people?
Why not try “vlogging” or video blogging? You can become the next YouTube sensation by sharing your interest or expertise.
It doesn’t take much to enjoy this fun hobby — just your own personality, some useful tips for viewers, and a decent video camera.
If you have a good camera on your smartphone, you can start with that.
13. Playing Cards
Years ago, my older sister taught me how to play bridge, and we'd sit at the beach in the evenings and play for hours after dinner.
But there are dozens of fun card games that are easy to learn and engaging.
It's so much fun to have some friends over and just play card games. It doesn't require too much concentration, and you can enjoy a fun social evening with a bit of friendly competition.
You don't have to be a professional thespian to take up acting. You might want to start with The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known.
Nearly every community has a local theater group or acting school. If not, create your own group.
Acting helps you communicate better, feel more confident in your speaking skills, and lets you meet new, interesting people. A good place to begin connecting with fellow actors is Meetup.com.
15. Butterfly Gardening
Don't you love seeing beautiful butterflies fluttering around flowers and gardens? You may not have considered butterfly gardening as a hobby, but why not create a unique garden that attracts various species of butterflies?
You'll need to learn the types of butterflies in your area, and a butterfly guide can help you identify them. Then learn the plant species native to your area that attract local butterflies. You can ask at your local garden supply store.
After that, choose a place for your butterfly garden that gets plenty of sun, shelter, and water. Then enjoy watching and tracking the butterflies that swarm your new garden.
16. Brain Training
We all want to keep our brains sharp and our minds working at an optimal level. Especially as we age, women need to work on training their brains to prevent memory loss and concentration issues.
If you begin the hobby of brain training now, you are protecting your brain and ensuring you stay mentally agile well into old age.
Begin your new hobby with one of the hundreds of free brain training apps on your smartphone. A few good ones include:
17. Crossword Puzzles
If you love words and a little bit of a challenge, crossword puzzles could be the perfect hobby for you.
Solving crossword puzzles has been proven to have plenty of mental benefits, can cut dementia risks, and improve your vocabulary.
Crossword puzzles force you to engage and focus, putting you in a state of flow that is deeply relaxing and satisfying.
You can find large print puzzles from Brain Games, with puzzles that get progressively more challenging as you work through the book.
Collecting can be a fun pastime for relaxation, a way of enjoying the aesthetic of whatever you're collecting, or a way to appreciate history or antiques.
Simply the hunt for something — old books, rare stamps, or beautiful art — is exciting and interesting.
Journaling is a wonderful hobby for women as it allows you to chronicle your daily activities, thoughts, and feelings.
It’s a good way to improve your mental health, your writing skills, and your self-awareness.
There are so many different types of journals — from one-line-a-day journals, journals with writing prompts, or completely blank journals that are unstructured.
You might enjoy mindfulness journaling which helps you become more centered, calm, and present in your daily thoughts and activities.
Couponing is a hobby that’s fun and that saves you a ton of money! If you’re someone who enjoys finding deals, this is the hobby for you.
It involves the use of coupons to purchase items at low prices by knowing how much an item normally costs, what price is the best deal, and how much to buy to last until the next sales cycle.
You can use coupons to save money by buying a stockpile of items so you don’t have to pay full price when you run out of something.
If you don’t know how to coupon like a pro, Ann Eckhart’s book called The Beginner’s Guide to Couponing is exactly what you need.
21. Museum Hopping
Do you live in a city with a variety of museums? Why not make a habit of visiting one museum a month?
Learn about art, history, culture, science, fashion, nature, and so much more through various exhibitions and displays.
Grab a friend and make a day of it with a nice lunch and a walk around a beautiful building looking at the exhibits.
Outdoor Hobbies for Women
You don't have to be Wilderness Woman to enjoy camping. There are so many beautiful national and state parks in the U.S. that have well-equipped, safe, and affordable campsites.
Imagine a beautiful fall or spring weekend when the weather is temperate, sleeping in a tent near a stream or in the woods, cooking over a campfire, and just enjoying the peace of nature. Bliss.
An estimated 85 million Americans enjoy feeding, observing or photographing wild birds. Only one other hobby, gardening, has more fans.
You can enjoy it anywhere, at any time. And you can meet other bird enthusiasts in groups and meet-ups.
24. Inline Skating
Inline skating (also called Rollerblading) is a great way to get exercise and enjoy time outdoors. It improves core strength, balance, and coordination.
It's a low impact exercise that helps you lose weight and build confidence while having a great time.
There are many types of inline skating, but if you're just getting started, you'll enjoy just cruising along at your own pace (special tricks not included).
If you have paved trails or parks nearby, grab a pair on inline skates, a helmet, and some pads, and enjoy cruising through the great outdoors.
Biking is one of my favorite hobbies. It's great exercise, easy on your joints, and tons of fun. If you live in a community with some great trails, you might consider mountain biking.
There are plenty of easy trails that are simply beautiful all over the U.S. Try a good entry-level women's mountain bike or a women's hybrid bike for road or trail cycling.
26. Horseback Riding
Imagine sitting astride a beautiful horse, riding through a woodland trail or some other jaw-dropping landscape.
Riding a horse gets you outdoors and gives you that sense of freedom and adventure. It's also good exercise as it tones your body and can help you lose weight.
Even if you're a beginner, you can enjoy guided trail rides that are safe and slow.
Gardening also has emotional and mental health benefits — along with the physical benefits involved in digging around in your yard.
Gardening helps you connect with nature and the cycles of growth and decay.
Whether you plant flowers, trees, or vegetables, you'll get great satisfaction in seeing the fruits of your labor and enjoying sharing your bounty with others.
If you have a small yard as we do, you'll enjoy this gardening book.
28. Dog Walking
If you love animals and the outdoors, then dog walking is the perfect hobby for you.
Many animal shelters need dog walkers to volunteer and give their furry friends some outdoor adventure time.
If you don't want to own a dog but want the pleasure of spending time with one, you'll feel so gratified helping out a shelter and receiving the love and gratitude from a happy pooch.
You could also start a dog-walking business and provide your services for working or vacationing pet owners.
Arts and Crafts Hobbies for Women
29. Floral Arranging
Studies show that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and emotional health.
So why not spend some time around flowers and create a beautiful arrangement at the same time?
Flower arrangements are wonderful gifts or great for decorating your own home.
30. Pressed Flower Crafting
Flower pressing involves drying flower petals and leaves that you find outside in a flower press.
Pressing flowers flattens them and can also change the flower colors, ranging from faded colors to a greater intensity of vibrant colors. It has long been practiced as an art form in China and in Japan.
The pressed flowers and leaves can be used in a variety of craft projects. They can be mounted on special paper, fabrics, or even wood furnishings.
An inexpensive flower press is a great tool to help you get started with this artistic hobby.
Did you know that Steve Jobs based his first computer typography on the calligraphy skills he learned in college?
Calligraphy was regarded by Confucius as one of the “six arts,” and is considered a way to refine one’s temperament.
You can learn calligraphy for fun or to begin a small business designing cards and invitations.
When you think about embroidery, you might imagine characters from a Jane Austin novel sitting around the fire while the menfolk are smoking cigars.
But embroidery continues to grow in popularity, and you can join an embroidery group to make it a social event.
It is a great hobby for dexterity, mental acuity, and creativity. Needlepoint is a wonderful way to relax and create something beautiful at the same time — whether it's a pillow, hanging art, a handbag, or a Christmas stocking.
33. Jewelry Making
My youngest daughter took up jewelry making in her teens, and I was surprised at the beautiful things she was able to create with some simple tools.
Just about any craft store has a variety of beads and wires for making jewelry, and you might enjoy going to specialty stores that have a bigger selection of interesting and more precious stones and beads.
This is a great hobby for creativity, and a great way to make your own gifts for people you care about.
Like jewelry making, knitting is another creative craft that is relaxing and fun. There are so many beautiful things you can make, even from the most basic stitches.
Knitting is a mind stimulating activity that is known to alleviate symptoms of depression and to help improve motor functions.
Knitting has a calming effect and gives you a sense of pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment.
35. Mosaic Art
I have a friend who creates the most beautiful mosaic art from sea glass, tiles, and bits of broken ceramics.
It's a great way to make use of materials that might otherwise be thrown away and allows for a very unique kind of creative expression.
You can make garden art, wall hangings, tile inlays, decorative platters, jewelry, or just about anything you can imagine.
36. Card Making
Remember when sending cards was something everyone did to mark an occasion or express your feelings? Now must of us use text or email.
Why not bring back the art of sending cards by making your own hand-crafted cards that are a real gift for those you care about?
37. Painting and Drawing
When I turned 40, I discovered I had an ability to draw that I never knew I had.
You may think you don't have the creativity to paint or draw, but everyone is capable of improving their drawing abilities and becoming proficient as an amateur artist — or maybe even a professional.
One of my blogging buddies learned to create ceramic pottery when she was in midlife. Now she is truly an artist, creating the most stunning pieces that she sells all over the world.
Start by taking a pottery class at a local art center before investing in the materials and equipment to make sure you enjoy it.
If you don't mind getting your hands a little dirty with modeling clay, this might be the perfect hobby for you.
Photography is one of those hobbies that has gotten so much easier with the growth of technology.
You can take some stunning photographs just with your smartphone.
But if you want to get more serious about it, consider taking photography lessons and getting yourself a really good camera.
Quilting was a very common social activity of the past. Quilts were once essential household objects, and women enjoyed the break from demanding physical work to sew quilts.
Quilting is still fun, gratifying, and creative. From choosing the pattern to selecting the fabrics, there are many aspects of quilting that make it uniquely enjoyable.
You'll also need some basic quilting supplies, fabric and a quilt sewing machine to complete your project.
41. Interior Design
Do you have an eye for decorating and creating beautiful spaces? If so, why not make a hobby of it?
You can learn more about design by taking a free online design class or joining a local community program.
Use your skills to redecorate your own home or help friends and family create their dream rooms.
Active Hobbies for Women
This is one of the easiest, least expensive, and healthiest hobbies for women. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and a place to run.
You can enjoy the great outdoors while listening to music or just enjoying the sounds of nature. Or you can join a running club if you want motivation and socialization as you run.
If you’re new to running or haven’t run in a while, there are plenty of free running apps to help you start slowly and safely so you can build up to your desired amount of running.
Yoga is an ancient system of philosophies, principles, and practices derived from the Vedic tradition of India and the Himalayas, more than 2500 years ago.
Today it's practiced as a form of meditation, relaxation, and clarity of mind. It includes physical poses and stretches that strengthen and invigorate the body and help all physical systems to work properly.
Bowling seems like such a throwback to the '50s and '60s, but it is actually an extremely popular hobby. If you haven't bowled since you were a teenager, give it a try again.
It's a really fun group hobby, it's affordable, and anyone can do it. OK, so the shoes are ugly, but that's part of the fun too! You may want to brush up your bowling skills with a book on the fundamentals.
Whether you join a ballroom class, practice ballet, or simply go to a club dancing, you'll find so much joy and fun from moving your body to great music.
Dancing is not only a great form of exercise, but also it improves coordination, memory, and flexibility. You don't have to be Ginger Rogers to enjoy dancing. Just get out there and move to the beat!
Hiking is great exercise, it reduces stress, and allows you to connect with nature. You'll encounter a wide variety of plants, birds, and animals along the way, and it's a great activity to enjoy alone or with other people.
47. Playing Tennis
I tool up tennis as a young adult, and even though I was never great at it, it was one of the most enjoyable hobbies I've ever had.
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Not only is it good exercise (especially playing singles), but it's a great way to socialize, improve hand/eye coordination, and wear cute outfits!
Even if you're not a natural athlete (like I wasn't), don't be intimidated by the game. Just go out and have fun.
48. Rebounding (Mini Trampoline)
Rebounding is one of the most fun, least painful exercises out there — especially for the benefits you get from it. It involves jumping, running, or dancing on a strong mini trampoline for a period of time.
Not only does it improve your fitness level, but also it is great for your lymphatic system. It's inexpensive, portable, and easy.
49. Self-Defense Class
A self-defense class is lots of fun and great exercise — and it can help you protect yourself if you're ever approached by a questionable stranger.
You'll learn how to spot a potential attacker, how to defuse a dangerous situation, and some kicking and punching moves to fight off an attacker.
Cooking and Food-Related Hobbies for Women
50. Indoor Herb Growing
If you enjoy cooking and creating unique and delicious meals all year round, then pick up the hobby of indoor herb growing.
You can learn about a variety of herbs and how they are used to season your meals while enjoying the satisfaction of watching your plants grow in the comfort of your home.
Once the weather is warm, you can transplant your herbs to a window box or outdoor garden. A LED grow-light kit is a great way to get started without too much time and effort.
Think about all of the fruits and veggies you end up throwing away because you forget about them or don't eat them for some reason.
Canning stops the natural spoilage and allows you to keep and foods much longer. It's easy, inexpensive, and so rewarding to see your pantry lined up with delicious items you've canned yourself.
52. Bread Making
Ahh, the smell of fresh, warm bread. Your family will love you all the more if you take up the hobby of bread making.
Sure, you can easily buy bread from the supermarket, but why not spice up your bread with a dose of love and homemade joy by making it yourself.
You can find hundreds of tutorials online to help you learn the skills of making any kind of bread that suits you.
Everyone loves home-baked treats as well as the social aspect of eating beautifully and lovingly prepared cakes, pies, cupcakes, tarts, and other sweet and savory treats.
Baking is satisfying, and relaxing and involves a bit of creativity and personal flair. If you've ever watched The Great British Baking Show, you know there are as many styles of baking as there are bakers!
There's nothing like hearing the “oohs” and “ahhs” from people savoring the treats you just prepared. Invite your friends and family over for a dessert party and share your new hobby with those who appreciate your efforts.
54. Wine Tasting
If you enjoy good wines, there are so many opportunities to learn about different varieties of wine.
Your local wine store probably offers wine tastings, or you could host your own wine tasting and asks guests to bring a different bottle.
There are wine classes you can take, local wine events, and even wine tasting cruises.
Self-Improvement Hobbies for Women
If you're a naturally organized person, or you'd like to be, why not put your abilities to good use?
Use your hobby time to get your home or someone else's in tip-top shape by clearing out clutter, streamlining your stuff, and neatly organizing what's left.
You might start with the international bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo for detailed instructions on decluttering and organizing every room of your house.
56. Mindfulness and Meditation Practices
Mindful meditation is more than a hobby — it's a practice. And the practice of meditation is deeply satisfying and calming.
Mindful meditation has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, improve depression, and help prevent a variety of diseases.
It gives you a respite from the demands of your day and helps you focus better throughout your day. You can read more about mindfulness in my Wall Street Journal Bestselling book: 10-Minute Mindfulness.
57. Making Vision Boards
If you want to improve any area of your life, one of the best places to start is by visualizing the outcome you want to achieve. A tangible tool to help you do that is a vision board.
A vision board can be made online, or you can craft one using poster board, images and words (from magazines or elsewhere), and other decor. You can make a unique vision board for your career goals, travel dreams, relationship needs, or any other self-improvement goal.
Once you know how to make a vision board, you can dedicate a month to a particular theme and focus on that theme as you're working toward the goal.
Or you can have a vision board party and get your friends involved in your new hobby.
58. Managing Your Money
We all have to pay the bills and balance our checkbooks. But have you considered making a hobby of managing your money?
Paying more attention to where your money goes, where you are overspending, how you are saving, and what you are investing in can be rewarding and profitable.
Learn to develop financial goals, set up a budget, and become debt-free by setting aside time each week to work on managing your money. There are plenty of blogs and books online that can get you started.
Writing, whether it's a novel or just in your journal, is an amazing hobby that is so good for you.
Writing down your thoughts and feelings is a wonderful way to relieve stress and worry. Writing also stimulates creativity, imagination, and focus.
Through writing, you can improve your vocabulary, clarify your ideas, and improve your general communication skills.
You don't have to be a Pulitzer Prize winner to start writing. Just write and enjoy the process.
60. Taking Courses
There are dozens of self-improvement courses on building confidence, improving your relationships, money management, brain training, meditation, and so much more.
Develop a hobby around learning something new every month and expanding yourself and your abilities.
Did you like these hobbies for women?
I hope you found several ideas in this list of hobbies for women that appeal to you and inspire you to commit to a new hobby.
You might feel resistant to learn something new, but push yourself out of your comfort zone and away from your digital devices and enjoy the thrill of accomplishment and novelty.
You have nothing to prove but so much to gain by stretching yourself and exploring new interests. You’ll discover that you have far more abilities than you ever gave yourself credit for.
May your creativity and motivation inspire everything you do today and every day.