As the days grow shorter and the cool weather sets in, you decide to dig in and stay in your warm and cozy home. Binge watching your favorite streaming show is usually your first thought when you decide to just hunker down under a warm blanket.

And this can be very satisfying. For a while anyway. Then there comes a time when you really want to do something else besides watch TV. You need a good hobby to take up to pass the time. Winters are long, after all, so the more active you are the faster they pass.

The 3 Hobbies That Can Get You Through A Long Winter

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Your hobby could be very low energy but rewarding, or it can be more involved and may even turn into a business if you are motivated enough.

In this article, I will give you some ideas on how to pass the winter with some fun hobbies.

Lego

You’re an adult, you say? Too old for Legos? Think again.

This is a fun toy that can really bring out the creative side of any child or adult. It doesn’t have to be thought of as a toy. Think of it as creating a sculpture. Or you can even use some engineering skills and make some machines out of it. In fact, there are clubs all over the world that do competitions with Lego machines for adults as well as kids.

Check out Chowder Bucket for some Lego articles and you can get an idea of how they can be much more than toys for kids.

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Level up your cooking

There is cooking for sustenance and then there is cooking to be creative. If you are in the house a lot this winter, it’s a perfect time to start experimenting and learning how to really cook.

For instance, is there a certain ethnic cuisine that you normally would go to a restaurant to eat? Then take this winter to try to master cooking that cuisine yourself at home. It may take some techniques that test your skills and tracking down specialty ingredients can be a challenge. Yet, when you do finally nail the dishes that you have been trying to recreate, it fills you with a sense of accomplishment.

Stay in shape with yoga

Staying indoors all the time in the colder months can add a few pounds to the waistline. You can work out to stay in shape, or you can do it by practicing yoga

Yoga is as good for your mind as it is for your body. Doing it will certainly make sure that you don’t succumb to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as others do during those long, cold and dark months. Winter can really take a toll on your mental state so doing yoga can counter the effects.

Physically, it is a very good, low impact way to stay in shape. You will stretch your muscles and open up the blood flow. An increase in circulation will allow your body to repair itself and give you an energy boost that is generally lacking during the winter.