One of the best things about retirement is having time to pursue hobbies you enjoy.
Whether you’re keen to devote more time to something you’ve tried before or are ready to dip your toes in something completely new, there are plenty of options. In fact, there are often so many choices it can be hard to know where to start!
Fresh air, exercise and enjoying nature… bushwalking ticks all these boxes and more. Walking regularly can improve your fitness levels, and when you’re surrounded by nature, it can lower your stress levels too. Whether you join a local group or walk with friends, bushwalking is also a great opportunity to socialise.
If you enjoy your food (and who doesn’t), why not challenge yourself to master some tasty new dishes? Whether you’ve got a favourite world cuisine, love cooking with fresh produce or have a sweet tooth, getting creative in the kitchen is fun and rewarding. Having a few staple recipes you can make fresh in a flash will also help you avoid the temptation to eat fast or processed foods, which is good for your health. And your brain gets a good workout when you recall recipes, measure ingredients and stimulate your senses through smell and taste.
Whether you fancy yourself as a master chef, or just want to eat delicious food, dust off your cookbooks and get inspired in the kitchen!
We’ve talked about the benefits of gardening before, and recent studies have shown it can even help you live longer. Digging, weeding, potting and raking are all activities that gently exercise the body, and being outside and close to nature has a wonderfully calming effect on the mind. Even tending a small garden can be beneficial, and if you’re creative enough, you can grow herbs, veggies and flowers just about anywhere.
If you’re not naturally a green thumb and need some ideas, there are plenty of gardening magazines, books and websites that can help get you started.
Golf is a popular hobby for retirees, and with good reason. You get plenty of exercise as you wind your way around the course, and it requires concentration and skill to master, so your brain gets a workout too. And of course, it’s a great way to get social and meet new people.
If you need a boost of confidence, why not hit the driving range or have lessons to learn the finer points and improve your game. Then check out your local golf course, organise your playing companions and book a round!
Ideal for people of all ages, yoga is a great way to keep you body moving and relax your mind. It can easily be adapted to suit your pace and level of fitness, and there are beginners, intermediate and advanced classes available to match your ability.
Check your local gym or community centre to find out when and where classes are held close to you and go along and try it for yourself – you’re bound to feel better for it.
Have Fun, Stay Healthy and Keep Sharp
Hobbies are great at any stage of life, but in retirement we have the extra time available to really immerse ourselves in activities we enjoy. When you choose a hobby that’s fun, gets you moving and works your brain it’s a win-win-win. So why not start one (or two) new hobbies that are good for the mind and body today?
Over to You
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