For many young boys, the dream has always been to become an action star. But life doesn’t always work out that way. Luckily, there are sixteen hobbies that can make you feel that you are, in fact, the hero in a movie.
Archery improves your hand-eye coordination and concentration and strengthens your upper-body balance. It’s pretty inexpensive too. You just need to find an archery range and rent the available equipment.
- Martial Arts
Martial arts come in different forms, but they all teach you how to defend yourself in hand-to-hand combat. You can choose from taekwondo, judo, Muay Thai, karate, and many others.
Unknown to some, boxing involves both cardio and resistance training, making it a full-body workout. Not only does it help you stay fit, but it also teaches you self-defense.
Some action stars find themselves in harsh environments like the jungle or a thick forest. Simulate the experience by going on a camping trip. It’s the best way to acquaint your body with the outdoors.
Another great way to be in the company of nature is to go on a hike. It’s low intensity but extremely good for the heart. Take it as an opportunity as well to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
- RC Piloting
There’s a growing interest in remote-controlled vehicles, especially with the rise of drones. Discover the child in you by picking up the controller and showing off your mad aerial acrobatics or camerawork.
If you want to experience the thrill of an actual firefight, invite a handful of your friends to a game of paintball. You’ll have to think of tactics and strategy, just like what they do in action films.
- Cigar Smoking
Action stars also take a break from their adrenaline-packed lives. Wind down James Bond–style by tasting different brands of cigars. It’s like wine or spirits tasting but less expensive.
Unlike sword fighting in medieval fantasy movies, fencing is more graceful to watch and involves a lot more finesse. If you consider it as a hobby, it will improve your alertness, agility, and balance.
- Knife Throwing
If you fancy becoming a ninja, practice with knife throwing. The concept is quite similar to darts and archery, where you hurl the knife at a target and hope that it sticks.
- Lock Picking
Criminality is something not encouraged, but learning how to pick locks can come in handy in certain situations, like when you lose your keys and get locked out of a room.
It won’t be an action film if the stars don’t jump from building to building or vault over walls. What they’re basically doing is parkour, which is both a sport and a form of physical art.
- Card Tricks
Card tricks aren’t just for impressing kids; they’re also about manual dexterity and the psychology of human attention. Learning sleight of hand is an art that will do you well in your road to becoming an action star.
If you want a hobby that will surely make your heart pump, try motorcycling. Nothing truly compares to the feeling of driving a motorbike on an open dirt road.
Some of the most iconic action scenes take place in the high seas. If you own or can afford to rent a yacht, learn to master the waves that have fascinated generations of men.
- Working Out
Yes, even going to the gym to lift weights can be a hobby. For some men, working out isn’t only about making sure their body is in tip-top shape but also about priming their mind.
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