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Are you ready to try something new?
Are you interested in exploring a new side to yourself and ready to discover some hidden talents?
That’s exactly how I was feeling just a few years ago when I decided to try some new hobbies.
When I was growing up I didn’t have any hobbies or interests.
There was nothing I was excited to try or get involved with and I just assumed that was the way it would stay.
Fast forward to being in my early 30s and I suddenly found myself wanting to try out a ton of new activities.
I honestly believe that in your 30s you gain a new lease of life that takes over.
In 2019 I tried so many new things!
I took an acrylic painting course, I went bouldering, I tried Pole fitness and I even took my first solo trip.
I had a new found excitement that I hadn’t had before and it was great!
It’s for this very reason that I wanted to put together some ideas of hobbies for women in their 30s.
Hopefully in this post you will find some inspiration for a new hobby or something you might like to try.
Yoga has become incredibly popular in the past few years.
With it’s popularity growing rapidly over of time, it seems that the many UK covid lockdowns got more people doing home work outs.
This included many people trying yoga for possibly the first time.
I’m someone who has dipped in and out of yoga over the past 10 years.
I’ve practised many times by myself at home, followed a youtube video or gone to a variety of in person classes.
Personally I find the in person classes more inspiring and fulfilling as you get the whole experience on a more personal level.
Take it from me, you absolutely don’t need to be flexible to be able to enjoy yoga.
Yoga is more about learning the mind/body connection and focussing on your breathing flowing with the movements of your body.
Here are some of the different types of yoga you could try:
A type of yoga focussed on the flow of movement with breath. The practise aims to bring synchronicity to the poses with the bodies breath.
This focusses more on the physical aspect of yoga. Designed to bring balance to your mental and physical energy.
This is usually practised without music where the student will move through a variety of poses at their own pace.
A less spiritual form of practise and more active with quicker transitions through poses. It aims to work all muscle groups and feel more similar to a workout.
This is one of my favourites! A very deeply relaxing and meditative type of yoga in which only a few poses are practised but held for much longer periods of time. This is a great one to do before bed!
Prenatal focusses on relaxation, breathing techniques, and self care whilst aiming to gently relieve joint/hip/back pain during pregnancy.
This is one I would love to try! Practised with the help of silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling you get an aerial aspect as you perform each pose.
Another one of my personal favourites where the poses are held for longer and the aim is to increase circulation and flexibility.
Hot yoga with very structured sessions and rules. Must be practised in a space that is 105° Fahrenheit with 40 percent humidity.
A newer form of yoga practised with a partner. One acts as a “base” while the other acts as the “flyer” performing poses and transition in the air on the feet and hands of the “base”.
Similar to Yoga, Pilates is an exercise based on using your own body weight and holding poses to improve flexibility and full body strengthening.
I used to practise Pilates weekly and really enjoyed going to classes. It’s a great way to exercise without impact, quick transitions or high intensity.
Many local gyms will offer Pilates classes and this is a great way to give it a go, learn more about it and meet new people.
As with Yoga, Pilates has a few different types that you could try:
- Classic Pilates – originally developed by Joseph Pilates, this can be done on a mat or with a reformer machine. It follows a particular set of movements with transitions. It slowly increases from foundation level to more complex movements.
- Reformer Pilates – carried out with machines called “reformer” this is taught under the supervision of a trained instructor in a fitness studio setting. Classes can usually be booked as a group or an individual 1-2-1 session.
- Mat Pilates – practised on a large cushioned mat without the use of any equiptment. A popular type of Pilates that is often practised in the comfort of your own home.
- Contemporary Pilates – This is a personal favourite of mine as it combines Classical Pilates with any of the other types to create a hybrid. Often performed with other equipment such as dumbells, gym ball, resistance bands etc.
- Clinical Pilates – carried out by a trained Physiotherapist with the aim to strength and stabilise specific muscles or certain areas that need assistance.
- Stott Pilates – this is focussed on restoring the bodies natural spine curvature while strengthening the surrounding muscles. Often used after surgery or injury.
- Winsor Pilates – focusses on reducing weight around the abdomen while enhancing metabolism. It also focusses on breathing techniques with physical movement.
Aerial hoop has grown in popularity over the years, with more studios popping up across towns and cities.
My journey with Aerial hoop started around a year ago and it very quickly became my favourite activity.
For anyone that isn’t familiar, aerial hoop is performed on a large metal circular hoop suspended from the ceiling.
The movement performed by someone on a hoop is a form of acrobatics and is a great way to increase strength and flexibility while having fun.
While you can buy your own hoop for use at home, I highly recommend learning from trained professionals first.
Sessions can usually either be booked in a group setting or as an individual 1-2-1 lesson.
Group classes are a great way to meet like minded people and make friends. It can be a very fun social activity that can help grow your confidence as much as your hoop skills.
Pole is an activity that is becoming more and more popular over recent years.
With so many versatile pole classes to take and the strength gains, it’s not hard to see why!
I started my pole journey back in 2019 when I tried it for the first time and loved it.
Fast forward the years and I now have my own pole in my living room and love training right at home as well as in studio classes.
Most pole studios offer group classes at all levels from beginners to higher intermediate and also 1-2-1 lessons.
There are a few different types of classes, some are more focussed on fitness, strength and conditioning.
Other classes can be more focused on the dance element. This can range from slow flow type movements or more exotic dance with pole heels.
I’ve tried most types of classes and have really enjoyed them all.
I will also add that the pole community is a great way to meet new people, make friends and have fun while gaining strength, flexibility and new skills.
Bouldering is an exciting and challenging type of rock climbing that can be done indoors or outdoors.
It’s a great way to stay active, build strength, and challenge yourself in a fun and supportive way.
Whether you’re looking for an escape from everyday life, a way to get fit, or just something new to try, bouldering is the perfect activity.
When starting out as a beginner, it’s easy to learn the basics and begin your journey into the world of bouldering.
An added bonus of bouldering is that it has a great community aspect and can be a really fun way of meeting new people and making friends.
Join A Dance Class
Dancing is such a great way to stay physically fit, have fun and express yourself.
Joining a dance class can be a great way to learn new moves, make friends and increase your self-confidence.
It can also help you become more creative and explore different styles of movement.
Whether you want to learn salsa, hip-hop or ballet, there are plenty of classes available for all skill levels.
Not only will you get the opportunity to learn from experienced instructors.
You will also make friends with like-minded people who share the same passion as you do.
So if you’re looking for a fun and rewarding activity that will help you stay healthy and fit while having lots of fun, then joining a dance class is definitely worth considering!
Painting is a great form of art that can be both therapeutic and rewarding.
It can help you to express yourself and explore your creative side.
You can even create beautiful pieces of art that you can show off to your friends and family.
What’s even more appealing about painting, it can help you to relax and reduce stress levels.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced painter, starting out with painting is a great way to get in touch with your creative side.
Painting allows you to express yourself in ways that words can’t describe.
You can paint whatever comes into your mind.
From abstract shapes to realistic landscapes, without any restrictions or expectations.
Painting also has the potential to become a source of income for those who are willing to put in the effort and dedication required for success.
With the right guidance and resources, anyone can learn how to paint effectively and start selling their artwork online or at local markets or galleries.
Drawing is one of my favourite calming hobbies.
It’s something that I never enjoyed much when I was younger, but with age and experience with attention to detail I now love it!
Drawing is not just a fun and creative activity, it also has many benefits that can help you in your everyday life.
Drawing can help you express yourself better, improve your problem-solving skills, and even increase your focus.
It is an easy way to relax and relieve stress while also giving you the opportunity to explore different ways of looking at the world.
There are many online or in person classes you could try to get yourself started.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, drawing can be a great way to express yourself creatively and have some fun.
When I was around 8 years old I got a pottery wheel for Christmas and it was one of my favourite presents.
I loved spending hours sitting at my little wheel creating messy pots and cups.
Pottery has been around for centuries and people of all ages can enjoy it.
It’s a great way to express your creativity and have fun while doing it.
Not only can you make beautiful pieces of art, but pottery also helps to improve your motor skills, reduce stress, and provide a sense of accomplishment.
If you’re looking for a creative outlet or just something to do in your spare time, pottery could be the perfect hobby for you.
Pottery has grown in popularity so much over recent years.
You can now easily find weekend workshops at local pottery companies or even subscribe to online pottery businesses that post out kits to your home.
With the right tools and instruction, anyone can learn how to work with clay and create beautiful pieces of art.
Candles are a great way to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere in your home.
Not only do they look beautiful, they also smell amazing and can be used to relax and unwind after a long day.
With the right ingredients, making candles can be an easy, fun, and affordable hobby that you can enjoy for years to come.
Similar to pottery, it is a hobby that has grown in popularity over the years.
You can now easily find candle making courses and workshops in local areas or online.
There are even online kits you can order and enjoy making candles in the comfort of your own home.
Creative writing is a great way to express yourself, tell stories, and develop your writing skills.
It can also be used to create compelling and engaging content that resonates with readers.
Whether you are just starting out or looking to take your writing to the next level, creative writing can help you reach your goals.
From short stories and poetry to novels and screenplays, creative writing allows you to explore different genres and styles of storytelling.
It also helps you become more aware of the language you use and how it affects others.
Creative writing can help build confidence in yourself as a writer, as well as give you the tools necessary for effective communication with readers.
Jewellery making is a craft that has been around for centuries and is still really popular today.
It is an enjoyable and rewarding hobby that I have often tried out in the past.
Not only can you create stunning pieces of jewellery from scratch, but you can also use your creativity to customise existing pieces.
Jewellery making is also a great way to express yourself and make gifts for friends and family.
It’s an affordable hobby that requires minimal equipment, so why not give it a try?
Crocheting is a great way to express your creativity and make something beautiful with your own hands.
It’s also a great way to relax and unwind after a long day.
Whether you’re looking for a new hobby or just want to try something different, crocheting is an excellent choice.
Not only can it help you create unique items, but it can also help you develop skills that will be useful in other areas of life.
From learning how to read patterns and follow instructions, to developing patience and problem-solving skills.
Crocheting also has many health benefits such as improved hand-eye coordination, increased concentration, and stress relief.
Also, crocheting only needs minimal supplies so is easy to do anywhere.
Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding.
It’s a really peaceful and calming activity that everyone can enjoy.
Origami is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.
It can be used to create both simple and complex designs.
There are many reasons why you should start doing origami.
It is a great way to relax and unwind, and it can also help to improve your concentration and focus.
Origami is a great way to explore your creativity and share your creations with others.
Photography is a great way to capture moments and preserve memories.
But it’s also a lot of fun and can be a great creative outlet.
If you’re thinking about getting into photography, here are a few reasons why you should go for it…
Photography is a great way to capture memories.
Whether you’re taking photos of your friends or family, or documenting a special event, photography is a great way to keep memories alive.
You can even turn your photos into albums or scrapbooks, or make prints to hang on your walls.
Photography is a great way to get creative.
If you’re the type of person who likes to express themselves through art, photography could be a great outlet for you.
You can experiment with different techniques and styles, and get creative with how you edit and share your photos.
Make Your Own Beauty Products
There are many benefits to making your own beauty products.
Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that you can save money by avoiding expensive store-bought products.
But in addition to saving money, you can also be sure of the quality of the ingredients you’re using and customise products to suit your specific needs.
Making your own beauty products can also be a fun and rewarding process.
It’s a great way to relax and be creative, and you’ll end up with products that are uniquely yours.
A few years ago a friend bought me this book all about how to make your own various skincare/beauty products and I loved it!
So if you’re looking for a new hobby or want to save some money on beauty products, give DIY a try!
I hope I have been able to provide you with some ideas and inspiration for trying out a new hobby.
Part 2 will be in my next post where I’ll be exploring at home hobbies and lots of more activities to get you excited to try!
so many great ideas for hobbies, I have been trying to get into yoga and pilates and spend more self-care this year these ideas are helpful
So glad you’ve found them helpful, I’ve been trying to focus more on yoga too but I’m finding I dip in and out when I have enough spare time
Krystian | With Love, Me says
Photography is one of my favorite hobbies. It gives me self expression, fun, and adventure all wrapped up in one hobby!
Yeees photography is such a great hobby with an endless list of benefits!
These are so great!! Thank you for compiling this list.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it
I love all those creative hobbies. I can’t pick one, I like to hop around and try them all. I do paint, but love to learn about photography, drawing, graphic design, sewing, and furniture refinishing, if it’s creative, I need to try it, maybe jewelry making is next? I haven’t tried that one! You have a great list of hobbies, yoga is also something I enjoy!
Ahhh I totally hear you, I love to hop between different hobbies too. I struggle to just stick to the same ones! They do say variety is the spice of life though 🙂
I love doing so many things on this list! After having kids, I got away from doing a lot of the things I love. So for the last couple of years, I’ve made it a point to carve out time for myself and my hobbies. There are several on your list that I haven’t tried that sound like a lot of fun! May need to branch out and try some new things this year!
It’s so great to hear that you are carving out time for yourself to do these things! 🙂
The Curious Dig says
There are some good ideas here and applicable to a much wider age range than your thirties. Thanks for sharing these ideas.
Thank you 🙂 yes they are quite versatile
Whitney Stewart says
I’m in my late 20’s so I’m not far off from being 30! Some of these I already do, especially the creative stuff. But yoga is something I’ve been debating about getting into for sometime now and I never realized there was so many different kinds! Thanks so much for sharing this!
That’s brill! I personally think 30s are a great age to try something new, happy hobbying 🙂