If your New Year’s resolution was based on self-improvement and finding new ways to enhance your lifestyle, you’ll be pleased to hear that your iPhone is one of your best assets in this regard. With millions of iPhone apps available to download today, the world is your oyster in broadening your horizons and discovering new and exciting hobbies. If you have an hour or even half-an-hour lunchbreak daily at work, the following four hobbies are picked up easily, providing a fresh perspective on life and new ways to relax and unwind in your spare time rather than swiping right or left on your favorite dating app.
Learn a New Language
Recently, Duolingo unveiled its free mobile app that extends its language-learning platform from the web to your mobile. There are more than 20 different languages you can start to learn on the move. Duolingo is great as it gamifies all aspects of learning a new language, using interactive games and exercises to perfect knowledge. The clever in-app personal assistant can also chat with you in your new language and help you to hone your tenses and benchmark your progress. If you are someone that enjoys sharing your accomplishments with family and friends, the Duolingo app also allows you to post your progress via your social club.
Enjoy Energizing Yoga Workouts
Today’s hectic world that we live in can be nonstop if we let it consume us. If you’re looking for ways of improving your mindfulness and well-being, the iYoga+ app is an excellent way to de-stress and energize your body and mind. Yoga beginners can sit and watch the eight half-hour videos that incorporate a professional yoga instructor talking through the various workouts you can do and how to transition between yoga positions safely. Initially, the app is free to download, but you must pay a small fee for the individual video lessons, which are still well worth it.
Discover the Thrill of Texas Hold ‘em
If you have a canteen or common area to sit and relax in during your lunch break at work, you could always keep your brain sharp by playing a few games of Texas Hold ‘em poker. The beauty of a mobile poker app is that you can fire it up and start playing whenever your heart desires. Unlike when you visit a brick-and-mortar poker room, the iOS poker apps developed for PokerStars and 888Poker also allow you to play at multiple tables simultaneously. It is handy if you only have half an hour to play and you don’t want to sit around folding rubbish hands on one table — where’s the fun in that?
Teach Yourself How to Play the Guitar
Always had an ear for music but never had the guts to try and create your own? The Guitar World Lessons iPhone app is ideal for aspiring guitar players. Depending on your music taste, you can download video tutorials that span a broad range of genres, from metal and jazz to indie and blues. There are tutorials for budding bass players, too. Given by professional guitarists from around the world, including some of the well-known authors and editors of the renowned Guitar World magazine, the tutorials are expansive.
Hopefully, at least one of these apps will have inspired you to act and start learning a new hobby in between your working hours. You can’t beat that feeling of accomplishment when you’ve learned a new skill. You never know, it might even improve your morale at work — what have you got to lose?