There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed us; Changed the way we live day to day.
The good folks at DIYS.com have compiled the hobbies Canadians are most interested in trying out in 2022. They looked at the percentage change in Google searches on a variety of topics and determined what Canadians decided to be interested in this year.
And a lot of them seem to be the product of me spending more time at home than ever before.
And guess what, fellow Canadians? We are first and foremost interested in thrifting. In the case of Google Trends it has jumped over 100 percent.
Thrifting is now defined simply as shopping at a second hand store or garage sale. I’ve run into some savings in my time. It’s fun and there are treasures to discover. Now I’m going to assume that the sudden surge in interest in thrift may have a lot to do with dramatically rising prices as the world grapples with a never-ending pandemic and supply chain issues. A bargain has never been more desirable as you consider a second mortgage on your home to fill up the car, or buy this week’s worth of groceries.
But it’s also fun and sensible. A little savings is good for you.
Now the next activity that Canadians are considering doing took me by surprise, although it probably shouldn’t be. This is blogging. There is far more opinion than facts floating around the internet, so why not start blogging and get your opinion out there? Be a keyboard warrior and let your thoughts fly.
In fact a lot of blogs are quite fun, even inspiring, as people diary their experiences trying to live sustainably, grow their own food, live off the grid, etc.
The number three hobby that people intend to take up is bird-watching. Again this could be a product of all of us spending too much time looking out the window and finally noticing that there are birds among us. But interest in bird watching has increased by 46 percent.
Next on the list is Zumba. I actually had to consult an oracle on this because although I had heard the term, I had no idea what Zumba really was. So apparently, Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines include interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness. Zumba enthusiasts say that 40 minutes of Zumba dancing is a full-body workout that can burn 369 calories, which burns more calories than exercises such as aerobics, power yoga, or kickboxing.
I can see how people would like it. We all love to dance, don’t we?
At the complete opposite end of the movement spectrum, 30 percent more people are interested in board games. And 27 percent intend to do needlework. Board games are great fun, and needlework is the happiest pastime. I endorse both of these interests.
Journey is also mentioned by some others, but this is hardly news. We all yearn to travel, we take pains to travel, to see new things, to see family.
But, roughly the same number of people who want to travel—more than 15 percent—also want to take up rugby. Rugby. I will not pretend to understand it. Of all the sports you can play, rugby has the most potential for injury. However, the oracle tells us that rugby is considered to be the fastest growing sport in the United States, and is growing around the world as well, as more and more women take up the sport. So, everybody screams, I guess.
Next in the top ten is martial arts. With so many different styles of martial arts, I can see it having wide appeal.
And finally, a lot more people are interested in arts and crafts. Look at the popularity of Paint Nights locally, where you create a portrait with an artist. These events regularly sell out. We all want the artist in us to let loose.
So this year to explore all these new interests. By the end of the year I’ll be a rugby, Zumba enthusiast who does thrift, plays board games, does needlework and crafts on the sidelines. Read all about it on my blog.