40 Of The Best Hobbies Of All Time For Men

Hey guys, are you setting aside time for your unique interests and hobbies?

When you were a kid, spending time making model airplanes, playing sports, or listening to music were no-brainers.

These days, as a busy parent and professional, you might feel pursuing a hobby is indulgent when you have so many other responsibilities.

It’s easy to get into the routine of working all day and then coming home and crashing in front of the TV, but when you take the time to nurture your interests, you will find your spare time is much more rewarding.

Research shows that active leisure promotes the state of flow, helps you structure your time, fosters new social connections, helps you better cope with stress, and makes you a more interesting person.

Whether you already have a hobby in mind or you want to try something new, you'll find plenty of ideas to motivate you to take action.

40 Of the Best Hobbies For Men

Most Popular Hobbies for Men

1. Fishing

Having some bonding time with a good friend while you enjoy the great outdoors is a relaxing way to spend your free time.

Whether you are catching a lot of fish or just going out for the company and the opportunity to enjoy nature, fishing is a popular hobby among men of all ages.

2. Golfing

This is another hobby men enjoy both for the sport and the camaraderie and peace they experience outside on the golf course.

Part science, part mental strength, part superstition, and part sport, golf is the "thinking sportsman’s" game.

It's something you can practice on your own to improve your skills or enjoy as a social activity. Either way, it can come in handy to be familiar with this popular hobby.

3. Coaching

Being a positive and supportive coach can have a huge impact on kids.

It is both rewarding and valuable to be able to provide young athletes with the skills they need to play their sport of choice while also teaching them about sportsmanship and teambuilding.

To be a coach, you don't have to be an expert at the sport. You only need to have an interest in sports and in being a positive role model for children.

4. Brewing Beer at Home

Maybe you want to try being creative and make a better beer than what you can find at your local bar.

Or you just prefer to make things yourself, brewing beer at home requires patience, knowledge, and a bit of science. The process can take up to six weeks from the initial fermenting process to actually drinking the beer.

Beer lovers turn to homebrewing to save money, create their own unique brews, and become part of a practice that dates back to ancient civilizations.

Once you develop your brewing skills, you'll enjoy your favorite beers sporting your personal label.

5. Fantasy Sports

Fantasy sports are extremely competitive and very addictive.

From the comfort of your own computer, you can compete against other people to accumulate stats within your chosen sport.

There are public leagues that you can join, or you can start your own in sports like football, golf, soccer, and even professional wrestling.

6. Chess

Chess combines a high level of planning and strategy with experience and mental sharpness.

While it may look confusing to learn, it is easy to get the hang of the game, and it gives you the opportunity to make the most satisfying move of all time: the checkmate.


7. Being a Mentor

Mentoring is a socially responsible and rewarding hobby that men can adopt.

As a mentor, you work with an organization to give younger people the guidance, support, and friendship that they need.

You help people increase their chances of being successful in school and in almost any other aspect of their life, even if it is just by giving them the confidence they need by being a good role model.


8. Martial Arts

Learning the skill of martial arts is practical and will give you a great workout. It also provides you with mental stimulation because it requires high levels of concentration and strategy to beat your opponent.

However, your "opponents" will also make up a tight-knit community. Training with the same group on a regular basis will help you develop social bonds with other men as well.

Knowing how to protect yourself without a weapon is a valuable skill. Not only can you keep yourself safe, but you will learn discipline, peace of mind, self-respect, and respect for others.

You’ll also be able to center your mind in a way that is at the fundamental level of every martial art discipline. 

9. Hiking

Hiking is a great form of exercise that doesn’t require you to learn a new skill.

This simple hobby allows you to experience nature and explore places that you wouldn't otherwise be able to access. Hiking can also be a fun social hobby if you go as a group.

You can find some amazing hiking trails in every state in the U.S. and around the world.

10. Running

Running is an easy hobby to start that provides a multitude of mental and physical health benefits.

Running burns calories and helps fight heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

It also improves muscle strength and boosts your immune system. Running can help reduce stress and reduce your risk of depression.

Hobbies That Make Money

11. Woodworking

This classic hobby lets you be creative while also making something practical.

Woodworking can be turned into a side business if you learn to build things that people need, such as cabinets or interior furnishings.

12. Inves​ting

Investing might seem complicated, but it isn't as bad as you probably think. It is always a good idea to learn how to invest, and once you do, you can make money by investing in stocks or real estate.

You’ll find that learning how to manage your money may be more important than how much you make.

Don’t worry about social security or retirement, but instead learn to invest your money and let compounded interest multiply your riches.

13. Graphic Design

Lots of people are starting their own businesses these days and need help with their branding.

Learning graphic design is a relevant skill that can be used in almost any business that you go into.

It is also one of those skills that are highly sought after, so it may make you more valuable to potential employers in the future.

14. Coding

Computer coding is another skill that isn't as complicated as it might seem.

Once you learn to code computers, you can write computer programs to help simplify people's jobs, develop apps, and create your own games.

Not only will knowing how to code computers make you an essential part of any company but also it can make you a hero to friends and family having computer problems.

Being able to make the digital world your personal playground will open up a lot of doors for you.

15. Photography

It is easy to start a photography hobby, but it takes a lot of practice to master.

However, once you figure out lighting and timing and are able to capture the perfect pictures, you can charge a hefty fee to capture other people's happy moments for them.

Photography also corresponds nicely with any other hobbies or interests you have because you can photograph just about anything under the sun.

16. Landscaping

Good landscaping involves a lot more than cutting the grass, and there are business opportunities all around you.

Start practicing on your own yard and learn a few landscaping skills and then use them to make other people's yards beautiful as well.

17. Refinishing Furniture

Refinishing furniture is a great way to use your creativity as well as your tools.

Upcycle some old pieces of furniture, learn to recover couches and turn some great antique finds into modern pieces that are appealing for people to buy.

Use your hands to make old furniture new again and then you can turn around and sell it and make a great profit.

18. Blogging

Starting a blog is an effective way to make some money while sharing your thoughts with the world.

If you have a passion about something or feel like you are an expert on a specific topic, start a blog and join the blogging community to meet other people around the world who share your interests.

19. Create a YouTube Channel

Similarly, if you have a particular skill that you think you could teach other people, you can start a "how to" YouTube channel.

Or, if you are funny or perform something really well, you can start a channel where you perform on camera and people around the world can watch you.

20. Metal Detecting

This hobby is all about the thrill of the hunt.

While you look for valuable things, you may also come across some cool historic relics like antique coins.

You can then sell anything valuable that you find, while also having fun learning how to use a metal detector.

Indoor Hobbies for Men

21. Cooking

Especially if you are picking up a new healthy habit, cooking is a great hobby.

You can experiment in your kitchen with all kinds of flavors and know exactly what is going into your meals. It is also instantly rewarding because as soon as you are done, you have a delicious meal to eat.

Some men love to cook because it is a self-sustaining activity.

Using only fresh ingredients, fire, and utensils, you can create your body's fuel, and that's pretty cool. Creating art that you can eat is the most rewarding kind.

22. Ballroom Dancing

Most women want a man who can dance, which makes ballroom dancing an attractive hobby.

This fun hobby is both active and social and there are a lot of varieties of styles. You can learn the foxtrot, tango, or waltz by watching videos online or taking a ballroom dancing class.

Having prowess on the dance floor will enhance your natural rhythm, balance, and muscle flexibility.

Most athletes are actually very talented dancers because the skills that they learn on the field translate to the ballroom floor.

23. Yoga

Yoga is not just for women. This ancient tradition will help you calm your mind and relax your body. It is a form of meditation that allows you to get some physical exercise while you are doing it.

The good thing about yoga is that once you get the hang of it, you can practice it on your own.

You can do a few poses here and there throughout the day to relax, or you can dedicate an hour or more to a personal yoga session.

Everyone who works for a living needs a bit of relaxation, and doing yoga will help increase your energy, give you more stamina, and increase your awareness.

Even if you can't find that "Zen place" that people talk about, you’ll still be able to find peace by learning how to calm your turbulent thoughts.

24. Genealogy

Do you know about your ancestry? If you want to know about your family's history, there are many resources out there today that can help you.

Go to a local library or get on your computer to start researching. You can begin to create a family tree so you have a visual representation of your family as you uncover information.

25. Magic

Everyone loves to see a little magic done at parties.

Doing magic is a powerful skill that can help you make a memorable first impression, and there are a lot of different types of tricks to learn.

Once you develop a few skills, you can amaze your friends and family by providing this entertainment in social situations.

26. Playing Pool

Pool is a great hobby because it is simple to learn. However, it requires a lot of practice and skill to get good, so you can play for hours and it will never get old.

Pool also provides men with a social outlet by creating a fun and laid-back atmosphere.

27. Painting

Painting is challenging, but practicing painting and working on your artistic skills, is a great way to relax.

It's meditative to recreate a beautiful scene or portrait on a blank canvas or to simply mix colors together and create an abstract work of art.

Even if you don't feel you're good at painting, the act of doing it is relaxing, and you only need a few supplies to get started.

28. Weight Lifting

You may not want to get to the bodybuilder level, but lifting weights is a popular hobby for guys. It is a powerful way to get in shape and stay healthy.

Take the time to learn about proper techniques before getting started. Not only will this help you build muscle more effectively, but it will also help prevent you from getting injured when you are lifting weights.

Lifting weights improperly can result in injury, so you want to make sure to either meet with a trainer before you start or do a good amount of research online.

29. Become a History Buff

A lot of people have that one topic that they love to talk about. Do you know what yours is? If not, studying history and being able to talk about it is a really valuable and interesting skill.

By studying history, you will learn lessons that have been taught in the past and moved on through generations and you will learn a lot of interesting facts that can help you carry on conversations easily.

While you might think history is boring, once you pick up a history book, chances are, you will be hooked.

30. Play the Guitar

Learning to play the guitar is a skill that will give you and the people in your life a lot of enjoyment.

Guitars are relatively cheap compared to other instruments and it is easy to start learning a few basic chords.

Once you get the hang of it, you can gather your family around and all sing together. There are a lot of online resources that can help you get started.

Inexpensive Hobbies for Men

31. Reading

Whether you enjoy a good novel or a self-improvement book, this is an underappreciated hobby that can truly benefit anyone. Reading allows you to physically relax while you engage your mind and connect with great thinkers and writers who can expose you to new ideas.

Reading expands your knowledge and vocabulary, lets you escape into a different world (if you choose fiction), improves your memory, and alleviates stress.

32. Journa​ling

Journaling is an effective way to reduce stress as well. Start a gratitude journal where you list the things you are grateful for each day or just write a reflective journal about what is going on in your life.

Doing this will help you get your thoughts down on paper and out of your head, which can release tension and lighten your mood. Journaling is a great way to unwind and express yourself.

33. Origami

Origami is especially impressive to other people because it is so intricate, and it looks so pretty once you finish.

All you need is some paper to start, and then you can look up instructions online to get going.

Doing origami will help improve your hand-eye coordination and keep your mind engaged while relaxing your body. Origami also makes a great gift for friends.

34. Volunteering

There is nothing better you can do with your free time than help other people.

There are a ton of organizations in every city that need volunteers, so you could probably find an opportunity to commit to a place in your area that holds your interest or is close to your heart in some way.

Making a difference in your community will be rewarding and it may even help you live a more grateful life.

35. Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles are challenging and a good way to test your knowledge.

They will keep you mentally engaged for hours and once you are done, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment.

Find some crossword puzzles that are created around something you are interested in, such as sports or history.

36. Camping

Many people have lost touch with nature these days, so taking up camping is a good way to reconnect.

Being in nature will improve your physical and mental well-being and allow you to break away from your everyday routine.

Sitting around a campfire is an inexpensive way to get away, and it will allow you to use your outdoorsman skills and spend some time with the people you love without modern day distractions.

37. Geocaching

If you love the thrill of a good treasure hunt, you will enjoy geocaching. People worldwide hide objects in all different types of places and leave the coordinates online for other people to find.

All you need is a GPS device to then go out and find these hidden treasures around your city.

This is a great hobby if you want to get out of the house and explore whatever town you are in, whether it is your hometown or not.

38. Learn a Foreign Language

This hobby is especially useful. It can help you tremendously while you are traveling abroad.

It may come in handy in your everyday life if you come across a person from another country whose language you do not speak.

Learning a foreign language will greatly increase the number of people in the world that you are able to communicate with.

Learning a new language is hard and time-consuming, but as long as you are consistent in your practice with your new language, you will be able to speak and understand it with ease in no time.

39. Survival Prepping

Whether or not the end of the world is nearing, natural disasters can happen at any time.

Depending on where you live, your home could be just one hurricane, fire, tornado, or earthquake away from destruction. Being prepared will also help you become ready for life’s smaller catastrophes.

40. Archaeology

In addition to learning about human history and civilizations, you can assist in the protection of the cultural resources as an archaeological hobby.

You can enjoy the thrill of discovering relics of the past and learning how other people lived during the past.

Digging in the ground isn't the only aspect of archaeology. You can local and regional clubs, ready and study about ancient civilizations, and collect artifacts that you discover.

Final Thoughts

It is easy to get home after work and resort to the couch and television.

But if you want to enhance your life and learn something new, try a few of these hobbies instead.

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