Moving from the workforce into your golden years will provide an abundance of free time, something most people have trouble dealing with than they would like to admit. For many, the confusion is lifted when they discover all the fun activities for senior citizens created by local clubs and organizations. Research continues to shine light on the necessity of social interaction and exercise as a means to live a vibrant, fulfilling life for as long as possible – but how do you go about it? Though the best way is to see if you can connect with others (either individuals or organizations) about new hobbies, here are a few ideas for you to try:
Crossing a treasure hunt with the fresh air of going for a hike in the woods, you’ll find this a great way to get some exercise outside of your typical gym. Helpful guides are provided by a national association, which will give you insight into the materials necessary, planting procedures, and what to do when you find one.
Long known as an enjoyable way to gather mementos and photos, this is a great way to share memories with loved ones. Some people like to create individual books for each grandchild, providing them with pictures and stories from when the little one entered the world.
Much like scrapbooking, this is an opportunity to gather your thoughts about the life you’ve lived as you walk down memory lane. Many families lament the fact there are scant written records of a grandparent’s history when it’s too late, so spending some time chronicling your thoughts and experiences – from childhood to this morning – will give them something to cherish and pass down.
Sure, you might know how to waltz and fox trot, but how about something with a little flair? The coordination required to pull off a good tango or salsa requires your brain and body to work together in different ways, meaning your fun class will do a lot for your mental and physical health.
If your doctor has given you the all-clear for vigorous exercise, think about doing something other than meeting with a personal trainer. Many organizations have created “Masters” leagues specifically for retirees in sports as varied as table tennis and soccer, giving you the chance to relive your glory days – or make some new ones!
The dropping costs and increasing quality of your average digital camera has opened the world to shutterbugs of all skill levels. And, since you can review the photo immediately after you take it, you have a better chance of getting the perfect shot.
Have some pent up creative energy? There are all sorts of ways to turn your artistic desires into beautiful necklaces and bracelets – or more, as your skills grow. Walk the aisles of your nearest hobby shop to find some beads, then let your imagination run wild.
Play an Instrument
Those of us that didn’t want to take piano lessons when we were young often end up wishing we had followed through later. Why not take a stab at learning how to play now? There are a variety of instruments out there and plenty of places to take classes, so you don’t have any excuses!