Edit 5/13/18: added rugby and rowing to sports; combat sports, electrical engineering, writing, mechanics, dancing, hunting & fishing, landscaping, grilling, and marksmanship to skills; volunteer work and community service to additional activities. I'm extremely glad this list has been a massive help to all!
I recently read a post on askTRP asking about activities/hobbies you can do to raise your SMV, so I wanted to go and make a list of activities and hobbies you can take up to occupy your time or raise SMV if you so choose.
- Lifting - This is the holy grail of activities/hobbies that raise your SMV. It is the backbone of becoming a true alpha male and every single person on the subreddit should be lifting. I am basically against Starting Strength and would not advise it for those who are looking to lift. Instead, I would direct you to a site called ExRx to put together your own plan, and follow the training guidelines given by the site in order to get you into the rhythm of lifting without overwhelming stress. The fitness subreddit is also another great source and is another one I personally use to sharpen my knowledge.
- Running - I personally don't run, but the FAQ on the Running subreddit is probably a great start for those who are interested in running. I got a solid start with the Fitness subreddit, so you most likely will get a solid start with the Running subreddit.
- Walking - If running isn't your thing, but you'd like to get some light cardio in, you can find a walking program on the aforementioned site, ExRx. It's suggested that you take the Rockport Walk Test to establish which program you start at (ExRx also provides this calculator, but you must have the test self-administered or administered to you by someone else in order to fill in the values.) Read up on how to do it if you're interested.
- Yoga - You can choose to take up yoga as a way to manage stress and keep a cool head on a day-to-day basis. For a start, you can check out the yoga subreddit and read both their wiki and FAQ.
- Hiking - I personally have not hiked much, but I have gone on a long hike before while travelling in Brazil. It took around 3 hours to reach the top of the location, and around 2.5 hours to reach the bottom, but it was quite the experience and the view was gorgeous. You can look around your area for hiking trails or mountains and get started that way. It's pretty interesting.
- Swimming - I used to swim as a youngster, but never really picked it up myself as a hobby, though I do love being in the water and going for a swim. If your gym has a pool, it wouldn't hurt to go for a post-workout swim to wind down. Again, you can check out the subreddit for Swimming to have some questions answered via their FAQ.
- Biking - Never learned how to ride a bike, but eventually found out how to when I was a teenager (not sure how.) Riding a bike is actually really fun and can be your alternative mode of transportation if you want to do your part in saving the environment and limiting emissions from your car. The Biking subreddit allows you to meet up with other cyclists in your area so you can find a group to go out for rides with.
- Rock Climbing - I have a massive and debilitating fear of heights, so this is a no-go for me, but it looks really fun to do if you're not a bitch like I am and can handle heights. If you're interested, again, I'm redirecting you to the Climbing subreddit so you can review their wiki and find out if you're down to go rock climbing.
- Play Sports - There are literally countless sports you can play. I have experience playing baseball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball, and enjoyed all of them except for baseball. I have played a bit of badminton in college for certain labs, but didn't enjoy it much. Some sports you can play are:
- Rubgy (EDIT 5/13/18 Credit: LazyHandJob)
- Rowing (EDIT 5/13/18 Credit: rPk0hu)
- Combat Sports (EDIT 5/13/18 Credit: Ta11no) - Per the suggestion of Ta11no, combat sports are another activity you can participate in to further boost your confidence and alpha mindset. Nothing is more exhilarating than fighting other men and unleashing your power onto their bodies. I had done Kenpo Karate when I was younger, and became a purple belt (4th level), and the sense of accomplishment you get when you successfully move up a belt is awesome. Also, there are probably subreddits for each of these sports, so take your pick and get searching. Of course, there are other combat sports you can participate in, those being:
- Freestyle, Greco-Roman, and Scholastic (high school)/Collegiate (college/university) wrestling
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Kenpo Karate
- Muay Thai
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Fencing (if that's your thing)
Cultivate a Skill
- Learn a language - I'm already going to insert Duolingo as my preferred way of learning a language. This app has a lot of popular languages that you can learn, and I have previously used it to improve my Spanish and do a bit of French and Chinese. You can also go to the subreddit, LanguageLearning, to get a good start. Some languages you can learn:
- Electrical Engineering (credit: AllMadHere) or Learning to code - Codecademy is a site I have used when I wanted to try out coding. Knowing how to code is absolutely valuable, as you can start your own little business coding things for people. Few people know how to code, so learning this skill can be very beneficial. Again, the LearnProgramming subreddit is a good start for this. As per the user AllMadHere, electrical engineering can and may be more valuable to do than just coding, as it's more hands-on and you won't have an issue fixing your bitch's computer if it fucks up or something.
- Learn music/Practice an instrument - Piano and guitar are 2 instruments that come to mind, as I've dabbled in both to no avail. Never really enjoyed these instruments, but I digress. You can head over to the WeAreTheMusicMakers subreddit to read through their FAQ and decide what you want to learn, whether it would be composing pieces, producing electronic music, or finding an instrument to play. Instruments you can play:
- Any sort of percussion instrument
- Creating Art - There are so many types of art you can choose to make. I never was an artistic person growing up (I suck at drawing). That said, you may have dabbled in art while growing up and may want to get back into it if that's your thing. Types of art you can do:
- Photography - Photography is a cool skill you can pick up, as you can become a photographer and charge people just to literally take good-looking pictures. Taking pictures of nature and preserving them for your memory is also a very nice thing to do, and I wish I could afford a camera to begin getting into photography myself! You can check out the Photography subreddit to get your start.
- Carpentry - Building things with wood is actually quite fun to do. I was tasked with building a chariot for my fraternity and, while the chariot turned out to be a disaster, it was fun to get the wood, have it cut, and put it all together in an effort to make what we thought was a great chariot (it wasn't, it fell apart almost instantly.) You can get creative with what you choose to make, and then you can also paint the pieces of wood in order to make something truly awesome. The Woodworking subreddit is where you'd want to go for this.
- Singing - Singing is good for bonding with friends and family alike. Having a good voice is always good, and when combined with a certain instrument, can result in your pullin' bitches with the sound of your voice and your guitar. You can take beginner singing classes to get a start, or, of course, the Singing subreddit is somewhat small, but may have some good tools for you to get started with.
- Cooking - I think cooking is an awesome hobby to pick up. You can combine cooking with your Fitness hobbies to really achieve the Hercules look and pull allllll the bitches. Again, the Cooking subreddit helps. You can also learn on your own by trying to cook a really good recipe you found online, though you most certainly may screw something up if it's your first time. Nevertheless, still fun to do.
- Writing (EDIT 5/13/18 Credit: degenerativebastard) - It pays to write. Writing can be a good way of getting your problems out of your head and onto either paper or your computer. You can choose to write blogs, articles, or even books if you want to become an author. It definitely is worth learning how to write, and the subreddit Writing can be your first step to learning how to write.
- Mechanics (EDIT 5/13/18 Credit: Gearski) - Knowing how to change your oil, change a flat tire, or tune up your car are all very masculine things that a man should know how to do. You probably might not end up becoming a professional mechanic, but you'll know how to take care of your vehicle, and this is always a good thing to know how to do. You can learn some things about mechanics in the MechanicAdvice subreddit, or even google this shit if you want.
- Dancing (EDIT 5/13/18 Credit: naIamgood) - Dancing is one of the suggested activities in the Collected Advice and Methods for Beginners post (basically required reading). Take a beginner class to learn basic dance moves, or dance with a partner, and take your girl out to learn how to dance (naIamgood suggests learning salsa).
- Hunting and Fishing (EDIT 5/13/18 Credit: HobbitForest) - These are 2 activities you can do out in nature that are quite popular in themselves. I have gone fishing in the past, and it is quite fun and exciting to do. Never gone hunting, but I imagine hunting is also a fun activity granted you're not a bitch and can handle watching animals die.
- Landscaping (EDIT 5/13/18 Credit: vengefully_yours) - Landscaping is a great skill to learn. You'll be able to keep your property looking great and can even make a business out of it. There are plenty of landscaping businesses around, and some of their owners do quite well for themselves by landscaping. It brings in a pretty decent income and has you doing physical work 24/7.
- Grilling (EDIT 5/13/18 Credit: vengefully_yours) - This is an excellent skill to learn. Not everyone can grill, but knowing how to grill bomb hamburgers and steaks to pure deliciousness is definitely impressive. This basically ties into cooking; as knowing how to cook has its benefits, so does knowing how to grill. The Art of Manliness has a series on Youtube that teaches you how to grill a variety of foods, and how to set up different types of grills.
- Marksmanship (EDIT 5/13/18 Credit: vengefully_yours) - Knowing how to shoot (and shoot straight) can be beneficial for both self-defense and hunting. If you're confident in your ability to defend yourself by being a good marksman, you'll be able to confidently defend your LTR or wife from any danger, with the ability to protect your mate from danger being an appealing attribute of a man.
- Reading - I absolutely love to read. It's one of my main activities and provides an unlimited amount of value to your life. You can choose to read the TRP handbook, a self-help book, or any book that you enjoy reading. It not only provides knowledge, but also peace of mind, and lets you tune out from the world and tune into the content. To find a book you may be interested in reading, you can probably check the TRP sidebar for some books, look through Amazon books under categories you're interested in, and see what interests you. I also look at the Barnes & Noble website under relevant categories to see what I want to go and pick up and decide on a list of books that I want to start reading. I have a list of books currently that I concocted just from looking at B&N's site.
- Meditation - A lot of people like to meditate on this subreddit. While it isn't something I personally do, though I have found it to be enjoyable, it is something you can choose to do to wind down at night or begin your day. Meditation does have its benefits. Yes, the Meditation subreddit may help you.
- Volunteering + Community Service (EDIT 5/13/18 Credit: bambam22bam) - Doing volunteer work and community service work is not only a good way to give back to your area, but also a nice way of meeting people. Giving back to the community is always good and something that is sure to make you feel good about yourself.
Some of these activities or hobbies can only raise your SMV if you're successful at them. Nevertheless, they're still beneficial as something that can be used to fill up your free-time so you're not thinking about your oneitis. I personally do not enjoy having a bunch of free time as I end up on my phone a lot, gaming, or watching Netflix, and those aren't things I would like to do for hours on end. Occasionally using your phone, gaming, and watching Netflix isn't bad, but binging is never good, and everything is fine in moderation. Moderate yourselves, and enjoy the things in life, as life is too short to not enjoy and spend your time thinking about some bitch.
I really hope this post helps people with deciding what to do in their free time. I never really thought about hobbies or activities that I could do with my free time, but writing this piece already benefits me, as I now have a list that I can refer back to when I feel like doing something new. Learning a language is probably going to be something I pick back up again. Have a good one, gents.