If you don’t have hands, have a hand impairment, and/or prefer not to use your hands then coming up with some hobby ideas can often be hard.
Thankfully, we’ve made a list today to help give you some ideas about hobbies that don’t require hands or the use of your hands at all.
This means when you’ve got a bit of downtime you don’t have to sit bored or stressed wondering what you could do for fun.
All of the hobbies we’re going to talk about today are firmly hands off. This doesn’t mean they aren’t practical but only that they can be done without hands as a necessity.
Hopefully, this will show you that even a person with a disability or an avoidance to use their hands can still have a great time alone, or with friends, in many different ways.
Hands Off: 10 Hobbies That Don’t Require Hands or the Use of Your Hands
Running is one of the best and most popular hobbies around the world as it allows you to see the sights outdoors whilst also helping you to get in great shape.
It can be done by yourself or with friends; you can even join a dedicated running group to help meet people and to make friends that you can meet up with regularly.
Running is something that comes naturally to most people as humans are biologically designed to run long distances at a pace.
Quite conveniently, running is primarily a function of your legs meaning you won’t need to worry about having a pair of hands or having to use them if you prefer not to.
As an added point, most people run on treadmills which can be fine if you have someone to assist you but not convenient in most cases as the buttons are quite small and usually designed for hands and fingers.
Since you’ll be running outside in most cases then it’s worth investing in a fitness tracker as this will do the same job of tracking your calories burned (like a treadmill) and also provide some useful functionality like tracking your route via GPS.
Most fitness trackers, like the Fitbit Sense, can be tightened enough so that they don’t slip from your wrist or forearm.
However, if that isn’t convenient then you can opt for a chest heart rate monitor that can report back to your phone with all your statistics at the end of your session.
Bear in mind, some of the functionality to fasten them may require a second person so purchase with caution if this isn’t convenient.
Lastly, we’ve talked at length about running as a hobby and why you might enjoy it. If you identify with any of the points in the article then it could be worth going for it.
2. Audiobook Reading
Reading is an amazing hobby but can be hard when you don’t have hands or aren’t able to use them due to an ailment or negative physical disposition.
The turning of pages is something people appreciate but requires the dexterity of hands in most cases.
This is where audiobooks can come in useful as they operate via a more convenient format that requires less physical input.
For example, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 comes inclusive with a touch pen that you can put in your mouth to allow you to interface with the apps on the screen.
This is slightly slower than using your hands but means you can easily load up an audiobook app such as Amazon Audible and press play to listen to your book.
In most cases these days, Android tablets have a wide support network of apps that can assist your ability to interface with things on screen and even some that can track the movement of your eyes to make decisions.
The practice of meditation is a perfect hobby for someone without hands because you simply need to sit there and use your mind to guide your thoughts to help you relax or to overcome issues from the day.
Meditation is regularly practiced all over the world and you can even download apps, such as Headspace, that will guide you through the entire process.
Many studies have been done on Meditation showing that it can be beneficial for people suffering from a variety of cognitive impairments or deficiencies (1).
In case you’re not sure what to expect, why not listen to this video of a guided meditation session?:
Meditation is something you can dedicate the entirety of your spare time around but is best used to augment your current lifestyle and to improve your overall mood.
Swimming can easily be done without hands especially as most of the propulsion (force) is generate by your legs to propel you through the water.
We recommend doing swimming at a local swimming center rather than in the sea as it’s far safer and the lifeguards will be able to help you if you get into any difficulty.
Many sports and leisure centers are well aware of the challenges facing people with physical impairments meaning you’ll usually get a helpful experience from the moment you arrive.
It’s worth bearing in mind that your eyes can become aggravated from prolonged swimming in chlorinated water and you’ll also not be able to wipe it away as easily without hands which is why we recommend grabbing a decent swimming mask.
Lastly, swimming is one of the best types of sporting hobbies to stay in shape as it can train the entire body meaning you’ll be able to stay lean year-round.
Another super fun hobby that can be done by yourself or with friends is karaoke which basically involves singing along to your favorite songs.
You may worry about having to hold the microphone but some karaoke kits come with stands making it a brilliant option for someone who can’t use their hands for whatever reason.
The particular kit we’ve linked doesn’t even need you to change CD’s and can all be operated through your smartphone meaning you’ll have more support with dedicated disability apps.
Simply sync up with Bluetooth and load up a song on YouTube or through any of your favorite karaoke apps and start singing.
Dancing is a beautiful hobby that can allow you to express yourself in a way that simply isn’t possible with other forms of art.
Dancing is the art of movement that can be done as weirdly and as wonderfully as you want it to be.
Depending on your personality, you can go for more vibrant dance styles which are perfect for a bubbly outgoing person, or instead, can opt for more subtle dance forms that are great for shy or more meticulous characters.
As with any hobby that requires skill and practice, we recommend joining a dance class as they will be able to assist your movements and it can also be a great way to meet new people.
If you need some inspiration on dance styles or the history of dance then why not check out The Art of Movement which is a fantastic book immortalizing certain movements and dance styles captured in pictures.
Volunteering is an amazing hobby especially if you suffer from a disability as it will highlight all the work that goes into giving back to certain communities who are disadvantaged.
There are many different roles within volunteering meaning even if you don’t have hands or the ability to use them then they’ll more than likely be able to give you something that you can work with.
Volunteering is usually done on-site meaning you’ll often be exposed to many different types of people who have different reasons for being there.
This is a great opportunity to meet people but also a great way to expand your world view by talking to people with different thoughts and opinions.
Self-defence is still important even if you don’t have hands or the use of them; in this case, we make the argument to take up a leg-based martial art like Taekwondo as it will teach you how to deliver devastating kicks to your opponent.
Another point is that even if you don’t have to use your martial art in a self-defense situation then you can at least make friends with the people in your class which gives you an outlet away from home.
You’ll also become incredibly athletic if you practice it enough and have a clean diet that contributes towards losing fat or gaining muscle.
In case you didn’t know, Taekwondo literally means “the way of the foot and fist” and began over two millennia ago in Korea.
Although the name implies you’ll be using fists too, most classes will be primarily using their legs and will be able to adapt to your needs.
9. Text-To-Speech Blogging/Writing
If you’ve always wanted to write or blog about something then it can feel disappointing to know that this is mostly done by hand.
Do not fear though, the advent of modern technologies has brought with it the very popular text-to-speech services that allow you to transcribe on screen whatever you are saying with relative ease.
If you’re looking to publish your blog posts online then you’ll want to use the text to speech service on your computer first in a separate article (word document) and then paste it into your CMS (content management system) to be submitted online to your website.
One of the best and easiest CMS to use to get your website up and running is WordPress which because it’s open source means there are many plugins to increase your ease of use.
In combination, you’ll want a company to host your website and to get everything set up in the background which is why we recommend DreamPress by DreamHost that can get your website blog running within 10 minutes.
If you struggle with any of the setup process they also have 24/7 support meaning you’ll never be stuck for help.
10. Hanging Out With Friends
Last but not least, it’s important not to underestimate the value of having friends especially when you have disabilities or physical impairments.
Friends can increase the enjoyment of your life by providing different views and opinions, and can even assist with things you enjoy.
It’s worth remembering that relying on others is not a weakness and is actually a sign that you are using your intelligence to your advantage to thrive in a world that has dealt you a hard bargain.
Friends are the people who pick us up when we’re down or arrive just when we need them. Even a simple text to hang out and get some pizza can really make someone’s day which is why hanging out with friends is probably the best hobby on this list!
There are many hobbies you can do without hands whether directly or by proxy through a friend or person of support.
You may have to be a little inventive from time to time but where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Having hobbies are extremely important to thrive in the world and to give us things to do when we want to relax or need a break from work.
Lacking the ability to use your hands shouldn’t be a drawback and in fact should make you want to pursue something further to show that anyone can do anything if they really want to.
Hopefully this article gave you some inspiration to find things out there that suit your style.
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