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New Hobbies After Retirement to Keep You Active: Wanna Try Them Out?

New Hobbies After Retirement to Keep You Active: Wanna Try Them Out?

Regardless of age, we must strive to keep our minds and bodies stimulated and engaged to ensure a better quality of life. However, with retirement, most seniors find themselves seeking more activity in their free time. Here are some fun activities and new hobbies after retirement to try out.

Physical activities

Dancing

First on the list of new hobbies after retirement is dancing. Dancing is both an art form and an exercise. Ballroom dancing has been around for centuries and can be done casually or competitively. The benefits of dancing include improved balance, flexibility, coordination, and calorie burn. Not to mention, listening to music and socializing with others improves mood and mental health. If ballroom dancing is not for you, there are plenty of other options such as Zumba, folk dancing, and even hip hop dancing.

Sports

Badminton, lawn tennis, and table tennis are just three examples of sports or new hobbies to do after retirement. These sports can be played as singles or doubles, offering social, mental, and physical benefits. Other popular sports that retirees do include golfing, bike riding, and running. If you have never played a sport before, it’s not too late to try. Talk to your doctor before engaging in physical activity to prevent injuries.

new hobbies after retirement

Hiking

Hiking may seem like an extreme sport, however, many retirees and seniors are able to do it regularly. But how? In an effort to promote tourism and offer a connection with nature, local and national organizations offer hiking programs. Different hiking spots around the country offer treks with varying degrees of difficulty. If you are hiking for the first time, talk to your doctor to get a physical clearance.

Mental activities

Learning a new language

Despite popular belief, we can all learn a new language at any age. While learning two or more languages while growing up can definitely make it easier, learning a new one over the age of 50 is definitely possible.

According to experts, there is no “cap” or age limit to learn. In fact, learning a new language is like giving your brain a workout. Make use of your free time in retirement to learn a language full-time, book a tutor, or even try traveling and immersing yourself in a new culture.

Arts and crafts

While the image of a retired man taking up carpentry or a retired woman knitting sweaters may seem stereotypical, don’t let that stop you. Arts and crafts like sewing, painting, and carving relieve stress, keep your hands busy, and help with the mind. Additionally, items you create can be sold or displayed. Many retirees sell their work as an additional source of income or as a fundraiser for their church or other organization.

Become a mentor or coach

Last but not least, sharing your life experience and skills with others is something to consider while retired. If you are an expert in your field, giving talks and mentoring younger generations passes down your knowledge and can improve outcomes. In addition, volunteering and mentoring keeps your skills fresh and your mind sharp. Your years of service and experience are valuable and you will provide inspiration to aspiring youth and adults.

Other hobbies to try

Start a collection

One of the ironies of life is that as children, we want many things but can’t afford them. Then, as adults, we can afford things but may not have time to enjoy them. Retirement may be the perfect time to start collecting things that you are interested in. Popular things to collect include figures, pop culture items, cards, and coins. In addition, look for a community of collectors to discuss and discover new things about the hobby.

Keep a pet

With a pet, retirement will never get boring or lonely. There are actually many health benefits of keeping a pet. Aside from keeping you company, a pet can help you get daily exercise, relieve stress, and offer protection. Surprisingly, pets can even help you lower your cholesterol and blood pressure as well.

Because pets are living creatures, they also require a lot of care. Large breeds of dogs or exotic pets may not be suitable for everyone, especially if mobility and finances are an issue. Even small pets like birds, cats, and fish still require daily attention to thrive. Additionally, keep your vaccinations up-to-date as pets may carry certain pathogens that can cause illness in immunocompromised people.

Key Takeaways

In summary, trying new hobbies after retirement is a great way to spend your free time. To make these hobbies more enjoyable, include your friends and family members. In addition, talk to your doctor before engaging in physical activity to prevent possible injury.

Learn more about Healthy Aging here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Benefits of Physical Activity https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm Accessed February 28, 2021

Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/olderad.htm Accessed February 28, 2021

About Pets and People https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health-benefits/index.html Accessed February 28, 2021

Impacts of the Retired Mentors for New Teachers program https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED573097.pdf Accessed February 28, 2021

Hiking https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6993091/ Accessed February 28, 2021

Learning a New Language at 50+ https://www.aarp.org/personal-growth/life-long-lear

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Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD Updated Mar 08
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