Keeping Fit – A hobby?

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A few months ago I posted about this topic on Instagram and had a massive reaction from so many people. Obviously, consciously or subconsciously, this topic of conversation rears its ugly head in people’s lives more than I thought, and clearly I’m not alone in this.

When I’m asked what I like to do in my spare time or what is my ‘hobby’, I’m often left with mixed reactions. Well to be honest, if I’m not at work or studying (I’m currently undertaking my Masters in Business), I guess you will either find me at crossfit, teaching myself a new yoga pose, walking the dog or maybe in the kitchen creating something delicious and nutritious. So generally, that is my answer. Often people will tell me that ‘keeping fit’ is not a hobby and will ask me the question again. Here I reach a point in the conversation where I don’t know how to answer.

“Ok… I don’t have a hobby then?”

“Umm… nothing?”

“I… I teach my dog new tricks sometimes?”

Maybe I get this reaction because so many people view exercise as a chore? Perhaps it is something they don’t enjoy, something that they have no desire to make time for; I’m not sure. But does this mean I don’t have a hobby? Does this mean I don’t do anything for fun in my spare time? Or is this just one persons opposing view on the idea of keeping fit?

So I decided to research the definition of a hobby and this is what I have found: an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.

Ok so an activity: crossfit, yoga, keeping active in general… TICK!

Regularly… TICK!

In Leisure time for pleasure… I most definitely get enjoyment out of exercising (YAY endorphins)… TICK!

Well now that I know my answer, I pose this question to you all… Is keeping healthy and fit considered a hobby? Would love to know your thoughts.


Cass x

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