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Top 7 Hobbies You Can Do in Your Chair or Sofa!

In a bid to improve health and wellbeing, we would always encourage as much outdoor activity as possible – however, it’s also nice to spend a bit of time resting and relaxing. Whilst you have a sit down in your comfortable Riser Recliner, armchair or sofa, it can be lovely to switch off to everything and watch TV, but there are numerous studies suggesting that excessive amounts of screen watching isn’t good for our mental wellbeing. So instead, why not use this stationary time to engage the mind and discover or improve a hobby.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to learn a new skill or are rekindling your love for a favourite pastime, below we have explored seven ideas:

Painting, colouring or drawing

For those who have a creative streak, why not take up painting, colouring or drawing? It may seem quite childlike to talk about colouring, but there has actually been an upsurge in the adult colouring book phenomenon.

You could also get a small easel for a side table and set up a canvas to work from. With this, you might like to recreate photographs from the past or copy an image from a magazine, newspaper or book.


Keeping our brains active as we age is hugely important to offset various mental health conditions, as well as contributing to a number of other health benefits. As such, by simply flicking through a newspaper and completing a Sudoku, crossword or brain teaser you’re able to boost your memory, help reduce the risk of dementia and improve hand eye coordination.

These activities don’t have to come from newspapers alone, they can also come from the internet, puzzle books or if you’re feeling adventurous then you can even have a go at creating them for yourself to share with a loved one.


If you’ve lost your love for reading then maybe it’s time to dive back in! It has to be one of the most traditional hobbies of all time and there is a reason that it still around. As well as keeping your mind active, reading can also expand your knowledge and is a great form of escapism from our busy lives.

If your eyesight isn’t quite what it once was then there are always audio books to sit back and listen to. For those who don’t like to hold a physical book, there is now the option to purchase an e-book on any smart mobile device.


For the vast majority of us, music is an expression of ourselves and there have actually been studies suggesting that music boosts our state of mind and enhances our wellbeing. It serves to evoke certain memories, helps us relax and generally makes us feel happier.

There are various music platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube which you can easily access on a mobile phone or tablet holding an unimaginably large collection of music. Exploring new music or discovering old time classics is just the start though! You could also learn to play an instrument or try your hand at writing music.


Knitting and sewing is not only useful for when garments accidentally get torn, it is also great for hours of enjoyment; keeping the mind active, and fingers nimble. It is one of the most satisfying feelings to go from a thread/wool and needle to a finished jumper, shirt or pair of socks.

You’re could give your finished items to charity, friends and family or perhaps even sell them. With starter kits available at many stores, it’s an easy and enjoyable hobby to start.


Exercise is important at any stage of life but as we grow older it does become more difficult. That’s why seated exercises could be the perfect answer! The NHS have a fantastic guide on how to perform some great chair exercises, many of which are designed to help you improve flexibility and strengthen key muscle groups.

Undertaking these activities just twice a week will make you feel healthier, work to keep your mind active and even help you to sleep better.

Model making

Have you ever considered yourself to have a bit of an artistic side? Well this is your chance to truly demonstrate it! Regardless of your interest, there is likely to be models available; it could be anything from footballs to cars or even celebrity characters.

Literally hours of entertainment can be had by collecting these miniature models. Most starter kits will include everything that you’re likely to need and you can continue your artistic talents through painting them after they’re built.

Finding enjoyment in life can come at any time and finding new ways to do this is an exciting journey to start. Who knows, you could unearth a whole new talent!

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