5 Indoor Hobbies to Keep Your Mind and Body Healthy This Fall

Do not give into the autumn call for couch potatoes! Get up and get moving. Sunshine and awesome can happen indoors, too!

As the weather cools down, it’s easy to find a spot on the couch and stay there until the sun surfaces again. But, if you can find an indoor hobby you love, you’ll be more motivated to get up and move, keeping your mind and body healthy this fall.

These five hobbies will help you build mental and physical strength while having fun and staying warm. Give them a try to see which one you’ll do this winter.


In a poll taken of 3,500 people (1), knitting was found to be the number one indoor hobby to try in 2016 and is perfect for the fall for a number of reasons. Not only does it allow you to work on your hand-eye coordination, but it also forces you to focus. Not to mention the process of knitting can be relaxing for many people.

The best part: holidays are coming, and knitting is an inexpensive way to DIY gifts that your loved ones will use all winter long. Get inspiration from websites like Craftsy and Ravelry to decide which projects to start on first.


Head into the kitchen this fall and tie on your favorite apron because cooking is a great way to stay healthy when the cold weather comes creeping in on us. But this fall, don’t turn to your typical favorites like lasagna or roasted vegetables; try something new, like creamy avocado asparagus soup or sweet potato gratin.

Challenge yourself to cook one new recipe or dish a week. Use recipes as your inspiration and then put your own twist on them to see what you can come up with. Focus on using whole, healthy ingredients to keep your body feeling great, even on the coldest of days.


Swimming has been found to have similar effects on your mental state as yoga, thanks to the rhythmic movement of your body and breath. This makes it a great way to stay healthy, mind and body, during the cooler months of the year. If you don’t have access to a swimming pool at home, head to your gym or the local YMCA where you’ll be sure to find one you can use for a nominal day or membership fee.


Boxing is not only an incredible cardio workout, which might surprise some people, but it also helps build full-body strength. In addition to the undeniable physical benefits, boxing keeps you on your toes, both physically and mentally. When sparring with others, you have to anticipate their next movement and duck before getting hit.

The best part: You can take out any holiday frustrations on the punching bag, which works shockingly well for relieving stress.


If you love dancing around your house, this is the fall hobby for you. But instead of dancing in your living room, take it to a studio where you can try a variety of fun classes, including tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and more. Memorizing dance routines and learning new moves will help keep your mind sharp while you get a new kind of workout.

Many studios offer your first class, or week of classes for free, so you can decide which one you like best before investing in a membership.

Give these and other indoor hobbies a try this fall to build mental and physical strength, staying fit and healthy despite the cold weather.

Or you could give going outside a try and start running!

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