Leisure Ideas List

I define leisure today as the creative development of your natural talents and passionate interests for the sheer intrinsic enjoyment of doing so. Such experiences can be mental or physical.
Your leisure interests have probably always played second fiddle to your work commitments... they have been more like the spaces between the notes that get little recognition for their importance to the beauty of life's music. A passionate leisure interest is vital to your work productivity, resilience, personal growth, mental fitness and work life harmony.

Listed below is an extensive (by no means conclusive) diverse range of interests/activities for you to consider.   

Within each type of interest listed, there is an infinite range of options available to you.  You can custom-design these to suit your particular situation. Look for interests that:

  • You used to enjoy somewhere in your past life and had loved but which got put aside by life’s changes and responsibilities 
  • You haven’t done before but which might well open some new and exciting doors in your life
  • Have got you curious to know more about them
  • have the potential to
    • inspire you,
    • awaken a new or suppressed passion in you, or
    • revitalise your outlook on life.

Do this exercise alone, in a quiet location of your choosing. Allow your inner thoughts to flow. 

You are totally in control.  You are not committed to doing any of the interests that you tick.  Enjoy the self-empowerment of your own choices.

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CAUTION!  If you are considering increasing your level of physical activity, please first consult the advice of your health professional.

Want to know more about your chosen interest/s?  

Google the interest and the name of the city/town in which you live. 

  • Abseiling
  • Aerobic Dancing
  • Aeromodeling
  • Anthropology
  • Antiques collecting
  • Antiques restoration
  • Archaeology
  • Archery
  • Art
  • Art appreciation
  • Astronomy
  • Athletics
  • Aviation
  • Backpacking
  • Badminton
  • Ballet
  • Ballooning
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Walks
  • Beading
  • Beer brewing
  • Belly Dancing
  • Bicycle riding
  • Billiards
  • Bird-watching
  • BMX riding/racing
  • Boat building
  • Boating
  • Bodybuilding
  • Bonsai
  • Botany
  • Boxing
  • Bridge
  • Bushwalking
  • Callisthenics
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Car mainten ance
  • Caravan touring
  • Carpentry
  • Carving
  • Cave diving
  • Caving
  • Ceramics
  • Chess
  • China painting
  • Choral singing
  • Church activities
  • Classical music
  • Clay modelling
  • Clothes designing
  • Club administration
  • Coaching
  • Coin collecting
  • Collecting
  • Composing music
  • Computers
  • Conservation
  • Contract bridge
  • Cooking
  • Country Music playing/listening
  • Courses for pleasure
  • Craft activities
  • Creative arts and crafts
  • Creative Memories
  • Creative writing
  • Cribbage
  • Cricket
  • Croquet
  • D ancing
  • Darts
  • Designing
  • Diving
  • Dog obedience training
  • Do-it-yourself/ handyperson
  • Doll collection
  • Doll making
  • Dragon-boat Racing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Dressmaking
  • E-bay activities
  • Ecology awareness
  • Electronics
  • Embroidery
  • Enamelling
  • Entomology
  • Environmental interests
  • Equestrian
  • Event management
  • Fabric crafts
  • Fencing
  • Feng Shui
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Film making
  • Firefighting Volunteer
  • Fishing
  • Five a side soccer
  • Floral arrangements
  • Folk Dancing
  • Football – Australian Rules
  • Football - Gaelic
  • Football – Gridiron
  • Football – Rugby League
  • Football – Rugby Union
  • Football – Soccer
  • French polishing
  • Friends of (parks, art gallerys, etc)
  • Furniture restoration
  • Garden Shed "Retreat"
  • Gardening
  • Gem and mineral collecting
  • Genealogy
  • Geology
  • Glass blowing
  • Gliding
  • Golf
  • Gridiron
  • Guides / leader
  • Guitar playing / lessons
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hang gliding
  • Helping others
  • Heritage awareness
  • Hiking
  • Historical studies
  • Homing pigeons
  • Horse riding
  • Horticulture
  • Hospital volunteer
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice hockey
  • Ice skating
  • Indoor sports
  • Indoor plants
  • Interior decorating
  • Internet activities
  • Jazz d ancing
  • Jet skiing
  • Jewellery making
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kayaking
  • Keep fit classes
  • Kickboxing
  • Kite Flying / Making
  • Korfball
  • Kung Fu
  • Lacrosse
  • Language learning
  • Language Training
  • Lawn bowls
  • Leatherwork
  • Lifesaving
  • Living histories
  • Magic/illusion
  • Marathon running
  • Marching
  • Martial arts
  • Massage courses
  • Meditation
  • "Men's Sheds" Groups
  • Miniatures
  • Model making
  • Model racing
  • Model Trains
  • Modelling (clothes)
  • Mosaics
  • Motor cycling
  • Motor mainten ance
  • Motor Racing
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Mountain climbing
  • Museum visits
  • Musical appreciation
  • Musical instrument
  • Natural history
  • Nature studies
  • Needlework
  • Netball
  • New Age activities
  • Opera
  • Orchestral activities
  • Orienteering
  • Origami
  • Painting
  • Parachuting
  • Paragliding
  • Pets Care
  • Philately
  • Photography
  • Picture framing
  • Pigeon racing
  • Pipe bands
  • Pistol shooting
  • Poetry - reading, writing, listening
  • Polo
  • Polocrosse
  • Pony clubs
  • Pool
  • Portrait painting/ sketching
  • Pottery
  • Power boating
  • Powerlifting
  • Prospecting
  • Public speaking
  • Puppetry
  • Quilting
  • Racquetball
  • Radio announcing
  • Radio-controlled model  yachts etc
  • Reading
  • Reiki
  • Restoring cars/engines
  • Rhythmic gymnastics
  • Rifle shooting
  • Rock climbing
  • Roller-blading
  • Roller-skating
  • Rowing
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby  Union
  • Running
  • Sailing / yachting
  • Scouts / leader
  • Scrapbooking
  • Scuba diving
  • Sculpture
  • Self defence classes
  • Self-development activities
  • Service clubs
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Shooting
  • Showjumping
  • Sightseeing
  • Signwriting
  • Silkscreening
  • Silvercrafts
  • Singing
  • Skateboarding
  • Sketching
  • Ski mountaineering
  • Skindiving
  • Sky diving
  • Snooker
  • Snorkelling
  • Snow skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Soft furnishings
  • Softball
  • Speed skating
  • Spinning and weaving
  • Spirituality interests
  • Sports coaching
  • Squash
  • Story telling
  • Story writing
  • Surf lifesaving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Synchronised swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tai chi
  • Tap d ancing
  • Tapestry
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Tennis
  • Touch football
  • Toy making
  • Trail riding - horses
  • Trail riding - motor bikes
  • Trail riding -mountain bikes
  • Trampolining
  • Travel
  • Triathlons
  • Underwater activities
  • Upholstering
  • Veteran sports
  • Video/DVD Production
  • Vintage vehicles
  • Volleyball
  • Volunteer activities
  • Walking for pleasure
  • War Games
  • Water polo
  • Water safety activities/instruction
  • Water skiing
  • Weaving
  • Weight training
  • Weightlifting
  • Wilderness exploration / hiking
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine appreciation
  • Winemaking
  • Woodcarving
  • Wood-chopping
  • Woodwork
  • Wrestling
  • Writing
  • Writing childrens' books
  • Yoga
  • Youth leader
  • Zoology