If you’ve caught yourself spending way too much time in front of the TV or on your phone, it might be time to start a new hobby. These hobbies can improve your mental sharpness, enhance your creativity, and help you gain valuable skills. They also make life more interesting.

Here are 5 classic mainly hobbies you can try this year:

  1. Woodworking

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Aside from developing the ability to make your own furniture, woodworking can also lower your stress levels and increase your patience. You can join woodshop classes or learn woodworking basics in stores. The internet is also a treasure trove of woodworking projects waiting for you to start.

  1. Lockpicking

Lockpicking is perfect for people who love puzzles and want a challenging hobby that will sharpen their minds. Just like puzzles, there are locks that are easy to pick and locks that require time, patience and a lot of effort.

Contrary to what other people think, this hobby is not for thieves since it takes time to pick a single lock. Most thieves don’t have 10 to 15 minutes to spare, tinkering with your door lock.

Once you hear the click of a successfully picked locked, you’ll be looking forward to more advanced locks and more specific lock pick sets.

  1. Grilling

Grilling is by far the manliest way to prepare a meal. You go outside and use open flames to cook raw meat and come up with a delicious meal. What else could be manlier than that?

Grilling is also a healthier way to cook. Excess fat burns away with grilling, leaving you with a leaner piece of meat.

  1. Model Building

Building a model may seem daunting at first, but it is extremely satisfying once you complete a project. If you think model building is only for kids, there are complicated projects that require an eye for detail and and knowledge of cars, ships, and planes. You can also create your own mini replica out of existing project pieces.

  1. Mountaineering

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If you are the adventurous type and love to camp and hike, this 2017 is the perfect time to take on a great new challenge. Climbing mountains gives you a sense of satisfaction that few other hobbies can give. You get a feeling of accomplishment once you arrive at the peak and see the beautiful scenery. The thought that you have conquered a mountain is one thing you can be proud of for the rest of your life.

These hobbies do not merely give you something to do when you have spare time, but they also increase mental sharpness and allow you to be productive. So what are you waiting for? Start this year with a new hobby.