As you come upon retirement, you’re probably looking forward to all the time you will have on your hands, but have you ever wonder how you’re going to fill up all this time? Research has shown that retired people that have a hobby tend to be happier and live longer lives. Hobbies keep you active, both mentally and physically. They also help you socialize and meet new friends. Also, you don’t have to do a hobby full time, that’s the beauty of it, you can spend your days anyway you would like. But what if you’ve never had a hobby or you are unsure of where to start. Here is a list of some ideas.
Hobbies to Exercise Your Mind
Are you the type of person that never forgets a song lyric or limerick? Then maybe you should find yourself a poetry group to join. Poetry is a great way to keep your mind active without causing any stress to your body.
Do you like to read and have always thought that it was something that you could do? Why not find yourself a writing group to share your short stories with or to learn how to write your thoughts down.
You’ve lived an amazing life and have always wanted to share all of your experiences but have never had the time. Why not start a blog. Here you will be able to offer advice to your readers and tell them all about your journey in life.
Hobbies to Keep you Active
Always loved playing sports, why not finding a local seniors softball team. It will be a great way to keep active and meet new people at the same time.
How about joining a gym, here you can find many aerobic classes or swim classes geared towards seniors.
Walking, it’s one of the best exercises for a person. Grab a couple of friends and make a point of getting out doors. Not only are you keeping active, but you are getting some great vitamin D. Too cold outside, try joining your local mall walking team to stay active during those cold winter months.
Hobbies for the Collector
You’ve always loved working on your car, but now that you’re a little older you’re just not in the same position to do so. Why not try making model cars and see how many different models you can make and collect. It’s a great way to keep you sharp and your mind active too.
Love antiques but never really had the time to enjoy antique shopping, now’s the time to do it. You can grab a friend or two and head out to different antique markets, who knows what you will find.
Stamp collecting is easy too. Grab yourself a cool scrapbook at your local craft store and start your collection. You can find some great stamps on websites such as eBay or kijiji.
Collecting model cars, antiques and stamps are all fun and challenging hobbies where you can socialize. The other added bonus is that each of these hobbies offer a unique opportunity to bring in some extra earnings.
Hobbies for the Creative Mind
Brewing beer or wine is a great way to be creative. You can try different methods and flavors to see what you can come up with. Who knows you might just develop the next new flavor.
I’m sure that if you’re like me, you have an amazing collection of photos that you have taken over the years that are just collecting dust in a box somewhere. Well now is the time to organize them into a wonderful scrapbook.
Baking is a great way to be creative and I’m sure that most grandmas out there love to bake. Why not try taking a cake decorating class to finesse your talents. You can meet some great people and learn some new tricks.
Just remember that you may need to try a few different things before you find the one that is for you. Take the time that has been given to you to enjoy many different hobbies until you find the one or two or more that is right for you. Not only will you be happy that you did, you will also find new ways to stay active and social.