They say life begins at 40, and there’s so much sense to the statement. As a 40 year old man, you are likely in your prime but also at a crossroads. You are not young, and nor are you old, but everything will feel different all around you. At 40, you will also likely want to keep the fire of youth burning, but how do you do that? Taking up new hobbies is one way to go.

Life does have to be boring in your middle ages. You can still have all the fun in the world if you create the right kind of environment around you by taking up new interests. Below, we review 5 cool hobbies for men who are 40 and above. Read our list, and we are sure you will find one hobby that appeals to you.

Model Railroading

Model railroading used to be very popular in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, but for a time, the enthusiasm waned. But it seems to be making a comeback and very strongly at that according to they guys at ModelBuildings. If you have the space in your house, you can build a rail track layout that can stretch for several feet. The longer, the better. You can reconstruct some of the famous rail lines in your city or country or even in foreign countries.

Railroading is engaging and exciting. What’s more? You can even become a toy train collector. If you were a fan of trains and coaches as a child, railroading would be a way to reconnect with your childhood, and the experience will be fun and nostalgic at the same time.

Become A Layman Astronomer

A great mind never stops learning, and you shouldn’t either. Despite being in your 40s and having learned a lot about many things, you can take up a new challenge like learning about astronomy. The celestial plane is rich in information but yet, only very few people know about them. Imagine how impressed your friends and relatives would be if you taught them about the star constellations and planets without consulting your phone or any other book?

They’ll be so impressed; we bet you.

Stargazing is a hobby many find stimulating. Laying on flat ground under the dark night’s sky and viewing the skyline with a telescope, and exchanging information about the solar system is dreamlike and exciting.

Bird Watching

You may have considered bird watching a boring hobby in your younger years, but we change like the weather the older we get, so don’t be surprised when you become fascinated with the different species of birds and their nest. Bird watching is calming and stimulating at the same time.

Watching them build and love in their nest undisturbed is one sure way to understand these wonderful creatures. And you can do this with powerful binoculars that show you every single detail. Over time, you will learn about the different species of birds, their habitat, and how they tend their young.


If you love water, you should take canoeing as part of your regular pastime. The fact that you can leave the hustle and bustle of land life and interact with aquatic creatures can be liberating. Although you will have to spend a significant amount of money on a boat, the good news is that these boats are durable and have extended lifespans. If you go for an inflatable boat rather than a rigid one, you spend less.

With a boat, you can sail to nearby regions off the coast. You can also engage in fishing and sightseeing. Spending a few hours during the weekends on the water will not be a bad idea. To cover more ground, consider ditching the oars for a trolling motor. With a motor, you can cover more distance in a lesser time and visit far-off areas too. But note that small inflatable boats are only meant for lakes and rivers, not seas and oceans.

Restore A Classic Car

Last but not least is to restore a classic car. Classic cars are highly valuable automobiles because they stand out and hark back to the past when the automobile revolution began. If you have one passed onto you by your father, a relative, or your friend, you can shell out some money to buy the required parts to fix it yourself instead of handing it over to a mechanic.

Restoring a classic car to its former glory takes time and effort, but it is the rewarding feeling you get once you are done and the car is working that’s worth the effort. The process is also one of learning since you understand more about engines and the purpose of each part. Keep at it, and within a short time, you’ll be so good at it that you may choose to become a classic car collector. It is never too late to become one, especially if you are passionate about cars.

Life begins at 40 and can be rewarding if you take up a hobby you love. The hobbies listed in this article are stimulating, and if you choose one or a few of them, your life will be better for it.


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