Many of us grow up without ever learning a skill that others learned as children. For some, this lack of knowledge can be a source of embarrassment. However, if we embrace the opportunity to learn, we may develop a passion in later life for something we never got to experience as a child. You could even give it a shot as part of your new year’s resolutions. Here are some great activities to learn as an adult that are fun and good for you too.
In the USA, the Red Cross discovered over half of all adults cannot swim or lack basic swimming skills. The rate is one in three in England and In Australia, Royal Life Saving has a national campaign to increase swimming skills to prevent drowning. These statistics show there is no shame in learning to swim in later life. In fact, many swim schools will offer lessons for adults. Search for a swim school near me to find a local swim school that can offer regular lessons. Gaining confidence as a swimmer will also allow you to partake in other activities such as sailing, kayaking, or water-skiing with confidence.
Over half of all American adults want to cycle more regularly. Cycling is a brilliant activity as it can be so easily incorporated into daily life by being part of your commute. It can also be done inside and outside the home, with many apps like Zwift, allowing you to take part in virtual races all over the world. Spin classes are an easy way to learn the principles of cycling without the danger of traffic. Many bike shops offer introductory lessons for those who wish to purchase a bike but have not ridden before.
With the popularity of Netflix’s Queen’s Gambit across the world, Chess has seen a rise in popularity. However, only 12% of American adults play chess. Sitting for long periods, staring at a board, and not moving very much might not seem healthy but playing Chess helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease and exercises both sides of the brain. Chess can be learned by watching online tutorials or learning from a book. You will get better at chess by playing, and there are many websites that can allow you to play other humans or computers for practice.
Aerial classes were traditionally about learning skills used in circus performance, and the teaching was limited to those with the apparatus to train. However, the rising popularity of aerial yoga has seen a lot of adults take up the activity; suspending themselves in the air with silk or ropes and using their core stability to balance themselves. The classes are fun and can be found in locations all over the world.
Finally, remember that you are never too old to learn something new. By opening yourself up to new experiences, you may discover hidden talents that you didn’t know you have. You may also discover that you hate the activity, and that is okay too. But you will never know if you don’t give it a go.