You know the routine. You get home from work or school and just plop down on the couch. You turn on the TV and tune everything out. Next thing you know, it’s 7 a.m. the next morning and time to start all over!

 

Kicking back and watching TV or a movie isn’t a bad habit, but spending all of your free time in front of a screen is. Did you know Americans, on average, spend more than an entire day watching TV each week? And most children spend more time in front of the TV than in the classroom. That’s a lot of vegging out.

 

There are plenty of ways to spend your free time that are more rewarding than surfing channels, so I thought I’d share a few of my hobbies to give you some ideas.

 

Photography

Getting out and snapping some photos is a great way to get creative and get moving. There are only so many photos you can take inside your own home before they get boring, so roaming around looking for shots is a must. You don’t need a fancy camera and expensive equipment either. One of my favorite cameras came from Salvation Army, and I always use expired film that I get online (PROTIP: expired film works just as well as “good” film and costs less).

Wolfy on his way to the dog park for a photo shoot!

Wolfy on his way to the dog park for a photo shoot!

 Biking

I talk about biking a lot, but it really is one of my favorite things to do, and I can’t believe it’s good for you! There’s nothing like rounding up a gang of friends to cruise around on a summer afternoon.

I combined two of my hobbies and took this photo on a bike ride last summer!

I combined two of my hobbies and took this photo on a bike ride last summer!

 Making Music

I’ve been messing around with instruments since high school, from guitars to bass to keyboards and more. There’s something about jamming, either by yourself or with a band, that makes the stress float away. And while it may not seem like the most active hobby, once you start getting into it, it’s easy to work up a sweat!

If you rock hard enough, you will work up a sweat.

If you rock hard enough, you will work up a sweat.

Those are just a few of the ways I spend my free time away from the screen. There are plenty of things you can do, alone, or with friends, that are just as relaxing and often more fun than blasting through an entire season of television. And my recipe for free time fun almost always includes a sprinkle of friends and family. It’s more rewarding having a shared experience. Plus, having someone around will force you to get moving, even if you just want to lie around!