Men’s Hobbies

woodworkingMen love having hobbies. They probably love having them even more so than women do. A lot of men might give different reasons as to why they love having hobbies; however, regardless of whatever reason they give, the most indispensable reason would have to be the face that men love having something to do. Without any outlet to pour their money, energy, and hard work into, men all over the world might just snap and go all bonkers. These facts being said, what are some of the best hobbies for men which would not only be fun and “self esteem-boosting”, but would ultimately, also be productive and profitable in the long run? One such hobby would be woodworking.

Throughout history, man (in the general sense of the word), has always had this inherent itch to build. Without this itch, the world may have very well been robbed of the splendor of some of mankind’s most majestic wonders. So it comes to no surprise then, that woodworking—or essentially, the art of building items (sculptures and whatnot) made out of wood—is one of the most popular hobbies men get into. Not only do woodworking men get something splendid out of a finished project; they also get something useful.

By its most common and most basic definition, woodworking is the means of sculpting objects and items out of wood. These items need not necessarily have to be made completely out of wood; however, the prevailing material should still be wood. The origins of the art of woodworking can “technically” be traced as far back to the age of the Neanderthals, who used flint stone tools to carve, or work wood. And much like the Neanderthals of the ancient past, the reason why many of the men who take woodworking as a hobby today can be summed up in two words: practical necessity. More than anything else, the ancient ancestors of mankind carved items made out of wood to sate their practical needs; and even though woodworking today is slowly becoming more of an art-driven hobby, most of the men who practice it still do because of its practical aspect. Why would a manly man (in his right mind), pass up an opportunity to build his own furniture (among other things), with his own bare hands?

If you’re showing an interest in getting into woodworking, better pace yourself first. You would need tools (hammers, saws, nails, screws, screwdrivers, measuring tools to say the least), other sorts of materials, wood (of course), and most of all, a decent enough workshop to practice a hobby such as this. Having said this, it isn’t difficult at all to produce these requirements if you’re serious on taking on this hobby.

Basketball: Achieving Competition and Camaraderie among Men

basketballersWhen talking about hobbies or pastimes among men, sports are one of the most common items that come to mind. One reason as to why sports have such as huge calling is that it involves a sense of camaraderie among different groups of people, while having a certain level of gamesmanship; wherein, the mixture of both these two things provides a sense of achievement on top of having a common bond among different people.

A good example of a competitive sport which is quite popular around the world is the game of basketball. Basketball is a sport played by two people to ten people, in which these people would be divided evenly into one player or one team on offense and another player or another team on defense. The goal of the offensive player or team is to put the ball in the opponent’s basket, where it would be counted as a point or score once the ball goes through the basket. The goal of the defensive player or team is to limit the number of times when the offensive player can put the ball into the basket and to get the ball so that the defensive player or team can be the one playing offense. Whoever reaches a target number of baskets first or whoever has a higher number of baskets after a certain time frame is declared the winner.

Basketball may seem like an easy sport given the linear objective of putting the ball inside the basket, however, there are certain skills that are needed by both the player and the team. For the player, he must be able to have hand-eye coordination to control his shot and to dribble the ball. Aside from that, footwork is also necessary to run and evade the defenders on the offensive-end and follow and stop the offensive player on the defensive-end. More than that, stamina is also a must as the game involves sprinting up and down the 94-foot basketball court for 48 minutes. For the team, communication and teamwork is a must. Knowing where your teammates and opponents are involves telling them quickly in short and concise phrases. Knowing each other’s tendencies would also be of big help to winning the game.

Given the requirements of the game, basketball really provides a quick sense of fulfillment- especially after winning the game after a tiring 48 minutes. It also establishes a bond between teammates that will surely last after the game. This thirst for both camaraderie and fulfillment is what drives men crazy about basketball- surely making it a hobby for men of different ages.