Grilling. Bird watching. Shopping. Whatever you do in your free time, there's an app for that. Here's a look at nine intriguing options to help you recharge.

All work and no play can make you a very dull girl or boy. That's where cool hobbies come in.

Fun pastimes can recharge our weary work batteries. Thankfully, the iPhone is the ultimate tool for balancing work and life and can help us get the most out of fleeting downtime.

It all started with the iconic iPod. Music lovers figured out that songs offer temporary respite from job stress. Here's a round up of apps that make the iPhone more life and less work.

Confessions of a golf addict

Ironically, when stressed at work, many execs grab a bag of heavy iron clubs and head out to play the most stressful game in the world.

Golfshot GPS can make the round a little easier by providing yardage distances, identifying parts of your game that need improvement, and tracking your score, stats and drives.

This £17.99 app has only a few downsides, such as battery drain. If golf is your game, this app can make the round more enjoyable.

A classic hobby: reading

A Masterpiece Collection is your virtual iPhone book shelf.

For only $1 (59P), US users get dozens of great classic novels, from The Call of the Wild to A Tale of Two Cities to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Sadly it's not available to UK users yet.

The iPhone is fast emerging as a powerful e-reader with many apps available, such as Stanza and Barnes & Noble eReader.

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The elusive bird watcher

Bird watching is another popular hobby. My late uncle, a bird watcher, once travelled more than 300 miles for a chance at catching a glimpse of the rare California Condor.

He surely would have spent £17.99 for iBird Explorer Pro, an iPhone app field guide that includes searchable bird descriptions, pictures, maps, and even plays bird songs.

Master grillers

Whether you're grilling steaks or cremating chicken, barbecue is one of the great pastimes and has become a point of pride among self-proclaimed grill masters.

Yet when food ends up tasting like cardboard, an entire day of leisure can be ruined. Don't let it happen!

Weber's On the Grill helps you make the perfect rub and sauce, gives grilling times for a range of meats and vegetables, and provides pictures of a successful dish.

Best of all, the iPhone lets you sneak peeks at instructions without anyone seeing you. Sadly its currently only available to US iPhone users.

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Healthy body, healthy mind

Nothing tackles work stress better than a workout, which releases endorphins while making you healthier. The hardest part, though, is getting started and doing it right.

That's where £1.19 iFitness comes in - the most popular healthcare and fitness app on the App Store.

iFitness offers workout routines for weight loss, muscle building and strength building. There's even a business travel workout routine. You can log your workouts, as well as learn how to do exercises properly. Now hit the gym.

Photographers at play

Work often taxes the left brain while leaving the right brain to wallow. Many people use their downtime to flex the right brain with artistic endeavors such as photography.

The iPhone is great for helping amateur photographers improve their art form, which has led to a photography-specific category in the App Store.

One of the most fun apps, the £1.19 ColorSplash, lets you turn an existing photograph into a black-and-white one, and then splash color back into parts of the picture.

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Stressed out? jump on your bike

After a long work week, many folks hop on their bikes on a Saturday morning. Biking is not just exercise, but a chance to be outdoors on the open road.

Self sufficient. Going green. It's about as far from work as you can get in a matter of minutes - and, of course, the iPhone has an app for that. B.iCycle GPS, which costs £5.99, makes sure you don't get lost and tracks your distance, speed, hills climbed and even calories burned.

Smart snowboarders and ski bunnies

Most of us love the thrill of rippin flake and hitting a backside 180. Confused? Here's a snowboard jargon dictionary. But time off of work is rare, the ski lifts far away.

Ski & Snow Report, a free iPhone app, provides the latest ski reports of your favourite spots, showing base snow and new powder, weather forecasts and cams of runs.Sadly its only available in the US at the moment.

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Don't shop till you drop this Christmas

Shopping for Christmas presents isn't really a hobby. Most people hate wandering around the mall for hours, only to realise after they get home that they forgot to get a present for their brother-in-law's second cousin.

It's work downtime not-so-well spent. So before you head to the high-street, get Christmas Shopping List.

This 59p iPhone app tracks individuals on your Christmas list, as well as budgets and gifts. It also shows your total budget, current spending and remaining dollars. The only thing it doesn't track is who's been naughty or nice.

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