2020 hit home the importance of having healthy hobbies, not just as individuals, but as a couple.
Relationship experts have long known that couples who pursue new hobbies together experience dopamine boosts, closer intimacy, and overall happiness and contentment.
Yet, where to begin when picking a new hobby as a couple? While finding a hobby is inherently personal, we share creative, adventurous, and life-enhancing hobbies that you can do with your partner.
hobbies for couples
The next time someone yells at you to “GET A HOBBY!” don’t take it as a diss. It’s really just sound advice.
Hobbies may have fallen from grace with the rise of workaholism, but don’t be fooled. They’re more important than ever to your health.
And if you’re American like us, you’re already behind. Belgium, the world’s leader, has us beat by nearly 22 days worth of leisure time a year!
Hobbies create happiness, improve relationships, bolsters creativity, and nourishes your health to enriches life in many ways.
So, where to begin when picking a hobby? In this article we will cover:
- Hobbies to Make Money
- Active Hobbies for Couples
- At-Home Hobbies
- Romantic Hobbies for Couples
Plus, just as the benefits of working out multiply when you exercise with your spouse, the same goes for the benefits of hobbies.
hobbies to make money
It’s been said that when a habit begins to cost money, it’s a hobby. But, you and your loved one can turn that proverb on its head and instead make money with a hobby!
1. Start a business together
Why not harness your current passion project and make some money off of it? Between Etsy, Youtube, and Facebook, online platforms make it easier to share your expertise or products with a large audience.
This is what Ryan and I did after our wedding, creating www.ryanandalex.com as two engineers who have a passion for healthy living and healthy relationships. The website was in addition to our Team Beachbody Coach jobs.
Of course, you can also investigate traditional routes with selling your goods in local stores or at a farmer’s market. Why not? If you love your product, others will too.
2. Start a Charity
While this isn’t exactly a couple’s hobby to make money for you, make money for a cause you care about.
Whether that’s organizing a fundraiser for veterans, running a coat drive, or creating a permanent organization, there’s not much better that you can do with your time.
If you’ve opened a newspaper lately, you’ll see a lot of talk about the markets reaching unprecedented highs — considering just a few months ago we hit a huge dip at the beginning of the pandemic.
If you’re able to put aside some money and have an interest in money, why not start investing as a couple?
You’re already sitting on a goldmine!
When Ryan and I start moving towards minimalism (and moving countries), we reevaluated what things we needed and what we might be better off renting.
We turned our decluttering into a competition and made thousands of dollars selling unused things like clothing, shoes, furniture, and appliances.
Start your new hobby making money with our 30-Day Decluttering Challenge. We share how and where we sold our old stuff!
Active Hobbies for couples
You may have guessed, but active hobbies for couples are our favorite type of hobbies.
Active hobbies can motivate you to eat healthily, work out, and have a strong body — all while having fun! Of course, this is extremely personal to each couple, but enjoy reading a few hobby ideas for couples below.
5. Hiking and camping
Nothing is quite like the great outdoors. This was our first big hobby and we’ve had phenomenal vacations ever since. It’s our “why” for why we work out!
If you’re interested in getting started, check out our Amazon shop list: Backpacking for Couples.
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6. Scuba diving
Scuba diving is a great couple’s hobby because you get a built-in dive buddy! This is also a great hobby to propel your future vacation planning as you hit up all the best dive spots around the world.
Ryan and I are honestly not beach people. We always want to keep moving and have trouble chilling on a beach for days on end. But, scuba diving has transformed our relationship with the tropics for a better balance!
7. Skiing or snowboarding
Sure, it’s easy to be active in the summer, but what about the winter?
Skiing, snowboarding, touring, cross-country skiing, and, heck, even snowshoeing are great couple’s hobbies that open you up to new winter wonderland adventures.
As a Bostonian who married a Minnesotan, I can attest to how invigorating it is to play in the snow!
Why walk when you can run?
To sweeten the pot, find a local race in a few months that you want to compete in. Training with a mutual goal (with an end date) provides a lot of motivation. Plus, you’ll likely drop a few pounds as a perk!
As a friend of ours always says, “More run, more fun!”
9. Obstacle course racing
From the Tough Mudder to the Spartan Race, training for one of these is part-circus, part-endurance race.
Have fun with your partner over this one, supplement your training with our 30-day plank challenge, and make sure to sign up for one so that you have a big event to look forward to.
10. Kayaking, canoeing, or standup paddleboarding
What we love about kayaking and canoeing is that it’s a hobby that couples can do together. Look into renting a 2-person kayak at your local water spot. It’s both romantic and a good workout!
Ready to level up your boating? Segway into canoe fishing or plan a future multi-day portaging trip to a place like the Boundary Waters in Minnesota.
11. Mountain biking
One pandemic-friendly escape and great couple’s hobby is mountain biking.
Mountain biking is tough and a phenomenal workout. Plus, it’s an underrated way to explore your home state.
12. Couples yoga
We’ve written about the extensive benefits of partner yoga before: closer bond and intimacy, physical connection, and an outlet for stress management.
Ryan and I are huge fans of couple’s yoga and even share 23 of our favorite couple’s yoga poses. How many can you do?
Excellent lifelong hobbies and sports to get into as a couple are partner games like tennis, badminton, ping pong, or even volleyball.
14. Join a local sports team
While you may want to save this one for after the pandemic, why not join a local sports team as a couple?
When we lived in Ecuador, Ryan invited me to join his soccer team — even though I had never played before! And before that, Ryan joined my running club in Shanghai.
So, don’t let inexperience stop you from joining a team if it’s focused on fun and you’re up for learning.
In places we’ve lived in, we’ve had access to beach volleyball teams, ultimate frisbee practices, kickball, bowling, and Wiffle ball. Have fun with it and expand your comfort zones!
At-Home Hobbies for Couples
While we’ve all be relegated to our homes this past year, it doesn’t mean we have to put a stopper on our lives. Here’s a list of a few favorite ways to start couple’s hobbies from home.
15. Start a new workout
From barre to weightlifting to yoga, you can start new workouts from your own living room.
With a multitude of programs to choose from, we prefer Beachbody because of the huge range of workouts.
16. Learn a new language
Learning a new language as a couple’s hobby means you have a built-in practice buddy. Plus, you can commit to watching movies only in your chosen language (this is something we do in Spanish already).
Of course, learning a new language also builds anticipation for an upcoming holiday. Or, at least a trip to a great restaurant!
17. Take a class
We all have unparalleled access to online courses, both free and paid. Ryan and I are personally on our twentieth Masterclass as we speak: Emily Morse Teaches Sex and Communication.
We have the Masterclass All-Access pass and have made heavy use of it. It completely replaced our Netflix shows and was something to look forward to every evening.
Masterclass is only one of many online course platforms. If you’re interested in learning more specifically about Masterclass (which we highly recommend), read our review where we rank our favorite classes.
18. Family heritage
What better hobby to dive into as a couple than learning about your family heritage?
Whether that means interviewing elderly grandparents, taking a 23andMe ancestry and DNA kit, or building a family cookbook to pass down to further generations?
Fun fact: Ryan learned that he’s heavily neanderthal from a DNA test!
20. Geek out about your drink
Have a favorite drink? Learn how to brew beer, make wine, or become amateur mixologists.
For us, we can’t get enough of Colombian coffee. It’s turned into a full-blown hobby as we’ve now been to multiple coffee farms in different countries and try different brew methods at home.
21. Book club for two
Ryan and I have instated our own book club for the past few months, and it’s been so nice. It gives us an excuse to relax in bed in the mornings and evenings, and talk about what comes up.
Ours is pretty informal — we’re both reading the same books at our own pace — but you can structure yours as you like!
For some of our favorite book ideas, we listed a few in our Duo Life Book Club.
22. Start a band
If both the Partridge and von Trapp families could do it, why not you?
Even if you and your partner have always wanted to learn different instruments, see if you can learn the same songs to form your own duet!
Get in touch with your natural side and try your hand at revamping your garden together. This is a great hobby for couples that’s good for your health with all of the Vitamin D and Vitamin Earth.
Even better if you start growing your own vegetables and fruits!
24. Redecorate the house
While redecorating may not seem like much of a hobby, take some time to learn about design and even feng shui. Plus, handy carpentry and upcycling skills never hurt anyone!
25. Grow your own food
We’re envious of the few who are able to provide completely for themselves.
Why not save some money at the grocery store while growing your own fresh food?
Romantic Hobbies for Couples
Spice things up in your relationship with these intimate hobby ideas for couples.
26. Dancing lessons
Learning the Texas two-step for our wedding brings back so many memories. And anytime Ryan wants to be romantic, he pulls off a quick spin!
27. Movie night
While we usually endorse more movement than sitting on the couch, we researched the best movies for couples.
Studies found that these movies actually double as marriage counseling and therapy!
28. Cooking class
The way to the heart is through the stomach, right?
A cooking class is more than just a fun event, it’s a way to look forward to months of great meals… and maybe even a future vacation!
29. Massage lessons
This one is pretty self-explanatory and tops our list as the most romantic hobby for couples. Mutually beneficial for your bodies as well as your relationship!
The whole world is dying to travel these days, but we’ve got good news: the anticipation for a trip can be just as intoxicating!
Start by reading books, watching movies, and eating your way through your destination’s cuisine! And one fun way to keep this hobby of travel going? Pick a traveling theme.
Whether you’re hitting up all the best scuba spots in the world, tasting the world’s best cups of coffee, or seeing in-person all of the paintings in your art book, you can have a full schedule of trips for a lifetime.
Want to see the travel gear of two digital nomads? Check out our Amazon shopping list.
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Volunteering your time and effort together as a couple makes you doubly appreciate what you have at home. What’s more romantic than that?
For romantic and fun date night ideas, see our list below.
32. Take a Couples Massage Class
Giving your partner an excellent massage at-home is, in our opinion, a necessary life skill. But, if you’re like us, you’re not a professional masseuse.
So how did Ryan and I go from giving each other mediocre to ‘excellent’ massages?
Melt: Massage for Couples is an online couples massage class that teaches you and your partner how to give deep, therapeutic, professional-quality massages at home.
Ever since Ryan and I started, it’s like love at first sight all over again. It’s almost laughable how bad and inefficient we were beforehand!
We promise it’s nothing corny or horny. Melt is a straight-up awesome couples massage master class. Ryan and I have been having a lot of fun with it and now give more spontaneous massages while at home.
So, if you’re in the need of more massages in your life, we couldn’t recommend Melt enough. It’s accessible, easy to follow, and you learn everything from deep tissue massage to the most decadent neck massage routine.
What Did We Miss?
So, what hobbies do we need to add to our list? Please share in the comments and thanks in advance for the new idea.
More TOols for Couples In quarantine
Here are three more online resources that will help you and your partner.
1. Couple’s Workout Routine
This is another workout that we created to help couples work out together at home. It’s a total body HIIT couples workout and the cardio and strength training benefits will spill over into your yoga practice.
2. Enroll In Our Couple’s Clean Week Program
Our Couple’s Clean Week program takes you step-by-step to create a healthy foundation as a couple.
But, before you can make a sustainably healthy lifestyle, you have to make it a week. We’ll personally support and hold you accountable daily in the Couple’s Clean Week Portal.
3. Sign Up For The Couple’s Yoga Challenge
Sign up for our free 14-Day Couple’s Yoga Challenge. You and your partner will receive:
- A challenge calendar
- Access to streamed yoga workouts through Beachbody On Demand
- Couple’s yoga poses to practice
- Immediate access to new Couple’s Yoga Flow Routines as we continue to create them.
Curious about what changes you might see and feel after doing yoga with your partner for 2-weeks? We ran an experiment, and for someone who previously hated yoga, we have been practicing couples yoga ever since.
4. Schedule An At-Home Marriage Retreat
We created this one-day, DIY marriage retreat for couples to have fun while celebrating and strengthening their relationship.
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