A poll of 2,000 adults found more than one third have taken up a new activity since the start of the pandemic. The majority have chosen one with some form of mindfulness to help keep them calm while most any hobby to involve some exercise.
It also emerged that many chose a hobby because it was good for their wellbeing, with gardening, cooking and baking also popular.
Growing fruit and vegetables were also among the top 40 hobbies people have chosen because they have a positive impact on their health.
Other factors which impact the choice of activity include the cost, how easy it is to get started and skills which can be learnt as a result.
Sarah Dixon, from hoze company Hozelock, which commissioned the study, said: “Many of us have had more time on our hands during the past 12 months, so it is only normal that we are filling this time trying out new hobbies and interests.
“With so much uncertainty in the year, it is great to see that people are choosing activities which will improve their mental health and provide some structure to their day and weekends.
“Gardening is one such hobby, not only is it accessible for everyone but it is always incredibly rewarding to watch plants grow.”
The poll also found 77 per cent agreed it’s been important to keep their mind busy since spending more time at home in the past year.
Other felt hobbies have given them something to concentrate on, while many credited the activities with helping them to stick to a routine while at home.
People’s reasons behind taking up a new hobby during lockdown included to improve their home or garden, to fill spare time and to avoid thinking about the pandemic.
The weather, friends and TV shows have also inspired people to take up new past times.More than half of adults count gardening as a hobby, with many spending more time sprucing up their outdoor space during the lockdown than ever before.
Green-fingered adults enjoy the physical benefit without feeling like they’re exercising, seeing their achievements such as plants growing and creating a calming, inviting space.
And while a few of those polled via OnePoll opt to garden on their own, others do so with their partner and some with their child.
It also emerged that during the average week, people typically spend two hours and 14 minutes on exercise-based activities, an hour and 13 minutes baking and 1 hour and 28 minutes gardening.
Emily Butt, Founder of the not-for-profit organisation Garden to Wellbeing said: “Having experienced first-hand the range of benefits that nature has on both our physical and mental wellbeing, I’m delighted that more people are enjoying gardening as a fun and therapeutic hobby.
“Gardening not only improves physical health, it can also reduce levels of stress and anxiety and increase confidence.”
Top hobbies people living in the UK have started because they’re good for their health:
9. Jigsaw puzzles
10. Growing fruit and veg
11. Dog walking
13. Board games
14. Video gaming
18. Colouring in
26. Cross stitching
27. Learning a musical instrument
31. Horse riding
33. Martial arts
34. Writing music
35. Graphic design
36. Home brewing drinks
37. Astronomy e.g. using a telescope
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