Hobbies provide many mental and physical health benefits, including bolstered optimism, increased creativity and a better ability to deal with stress. Sharing hobbies with others also keeps teens socially engaged with people who have similar interests. The type of hobby a teen is interested in is limited only by the imagination of the person.
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Teens can pursue music as a hobby in a number of ways. They can relax by listening to music or they can benefit intellectually by learning how to play an instrument. Teens can showcase their musical talents in school or community bands and choirs. If the teen is tech-savvy, computer programs allow users to create music recordings and mixes.
Teens have many choices when it comes to activities. Indoor activities include gym memberships, yoga and dance classes. Outdoor activities range from skiing and snowboarding in winter to sailing and skateboarding in summer. Teens can also choose to participate in traditional team sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball and hockey. For non-traditionalists, they can join an ultimate Frisbee or paintball team.
Some teens enjoy unwinding with a good book. The fantasy genre has become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks in part to the enormous success of numerous vampire series. Other teens prefer to express themselves through creative art, spending time drawing, painting or sculpting. Further ideas include jewelry-making, car modeling, scrapbooking, cooking and baking. For those teens with a dramatic flair, there are often opportunities to act, sing or dance in theater productions.
Volunteering interests teens who want to make a difference in their communities. Traditional opportunities to volunteer exist in hospitals, animal shelters, libraries and museums. Teens also have the option of taking part in "voluntours," planned trips to exotic locations where they can view the sites while volunteering, for example, to teach English or to build homes and schools.
The technology available to teens gives them unlimited options for hobbies. Teens can create and maintain a blog on a topic that interests them. They can also play video games, use social networking sites and even build robots and write programs to make them run. The Internet provides a world of opportunities for teens without even leaving their bedrooms.