A hobby is a very important for everybody. It is like a cure if you are tired, sad, feeling small or in low spirits. A hobby is a complete change from work but some hobbies are rather expensive (travelling), some are dangerous (gliding, mountaineering), some are very romantic (camping), some are very time-consuming (watching TV).
Traditional indoor hobbies include collecting things e.g. stamps, postcards, model cars and air-planes, butterflies stickers, shells, coins, dolls, matchboxes, beer mats, concert programmes, decorated plates, antiques – simply anything.
Many people like to do something creative such as painting or drawing, making pottery, playing musical instruments, dress making, model-making, knitting, sewing, cooking, DIY, or doing crossword puzzles.
Television and videos provide easy indoor entertainment, and watching TV is by far the most popular leisure activity. People also play computer games or use the Internet. Other home-based activities include reading and listening to music.
Some people have a sport as their hobby. The most popular sports people play are football, ice-hockey, basketball, handball, softball, and tennis. Some people play informally with friends, others join a local team. Many people go regularly to a sports centre which provides facilities for keep-lift classes ad indoor sports such as squash or badminton. On the other hand, a lot of people who are interested in sport prefer to watch others play, leather at a stadium or on television.
Going out can be anther form of relaxation, tough rather expensive. You can go to the cinema, to see a concert, or to see a theatre performance. Art lovers often visit exhibitions in art galleries and museums.
Some people like to spend their time-off with their friends. They have a picnic in the park or go out for a drink or go dancing, eat out.
Many families, especially those living in big towns and cities, like to go away for the weekend. They go to the countryside for short trips or they spend weekends at their cottages – doing gardening, growing fruit and vegetables, flowers, cutting grass, doing home improvements.
Different people have a different hobbies and interests, they spend their space time in different ways. Leisure-time activities also very according to the season of year.
The range of hobbies is reflected in the number of specialist magazines available.