Did you know that the typical working adult has seven hours of spare time a day? The reality, of course, is a different matter, and It doesn’t always feel like we have time to spare in our busy lives. It quite often feels like all we do is work, and when we’re not in the office, we’re taking phone calls on the commute, or replying to emails from home. This way of life interferes with our spare time, giving us around four hours if we’re lucky. Our manic lifestyles leave us with no time for relaxation, hobbies or ‘me time’.
When you get back from work in the evenings, how do you really wind down? Perhaps you like like to take a relaxing hot bath or maybe you enjoy the solace that comes with walking the dog. But have you ever tried doing something different with your evening routine?
Maybe you could incorporate your favourite hobbies into your evening to make the most of your spare time. Because, well, you only live once. Sports often get the majority vote when a group are asked how they like to enjoy their spare time. However, many people admit that they don’t have the energy to drag themselves out to the gym or simply can’t be bothered with the hair-drying-hassle of swimming at the local pool after a hectic day at work, and a tiring commute.
This is why many of us end up spending the evening drifting off in front of the TV, often feeling like it’s all work and no play, and that you’re wasting your free time.
Gaming has also become an incredibly popular hobby for both men and women, so why not combine it with your love of sports? If you have never tried online gaming, perhaps you would enjoy betting on your favourite sports here, for example – it can be lots of fun without the blood, sweat and tears. From football to rugby, basketball and boxing to cricket and horse racing – there is a sport for everyone to follow and enjoy, all from the comfort of your own home.
Other things that can be fun to do in your spare time can be creating a collection of something. Think about something that you like to collect, and why not make a larger collection of it? From coins from around the world, to stamps, or magazines, there are all sorts of collections that you could start.
Training towards something new can be a fun way to spend time too. But what to choose? An app like Couch to 5K could be good to download over the summer, as it gets you outdoors and working towards running a 5K eventually. If you’re already pretty active, then could stepping up your training to do something like a triathlon be a good idea?
However you choose to spend your after work hours, make sure you bring the fun back into your life. You can beat stress and have more fun when you spend your free time doing something that you enjoy.