Just retired and thinking, what now? Rest assured, you are not alone - the number of retirees making the most of their later years and trying new hobbies is growing rapidly. Particularly as restrictions begin to influence our daily lives, it is more important than ever for us to stay physically, mentally, and socially stimulated. So if you are retired or plan to retire soon, look here for some ideas for fun hobbies to keep you “forever young.”
Our retirement homes run a regular programme of fun and social retirement community activities throughout the year to supplement a perfect retirement lifestyle.
Volunteering can be a very rewarding and sociable activity to take up in your free time. Many different organisations and local charities desperately need volunteers and you could be the answer to their prayers! If you like to organise things, why not set up a class yourself? If you like to be outdoors, try getting involved in the upkeep of the local gardens and community. Have a look around - whether it’s the church or playschool; many people need your skills and abilities. It’s a great way to give back and feel appreciated in your community.
2. The Arts
Various art classes are available in communities across the UK and it may surprise you to know that many of the students are in their later years. Perhaps art was something you enjoyed but never found the time to pursue? Or perhaps it’s an old hobby you’d like to revive? Now is the time to embrace it and do something you really love. Whether it’s painting or poetry writing, keep your creativity alive and you may amaze yourself with what you can achieve.
TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing have inspired many of us to take to the floor ourselves and proved that you don’t have to be young to do it! From traditional foxtrot to a fast paced salsa, this is brilliant fun and great exercise. Whether you are a seasoned dancer or a beginner, there are different classes to suit your needs. Don’t be afraid to go it alone as there will always be others in need of a dance partner. It’s a fantastic way to meet new people and gain a great new skill, not to mention being great fun!
Cooking can often become a chore when you’re busy at work every day, or cooking for growing families. Retirement provides more time and a great opportunity to enjoy cooking and improve your skills. Whether you want to take a class or try a new recipe book and experiment at home- the choice is yours! There are a plethora of exciting recipes and new cuisines to try available online also for the more tech savvy of us. Enjoy trying new things and share your experiments at a cosy dinner party with your friends and family.
Gardening is an old favourite among us and for good reason! It’s a great way to spend time out in nature and get some fresh air and exercise. There’s nothing more rewarding than relaxing with a view of your beautifully tended flowerbeds or eating a delicious meal of your home grown veggies. Some of our retirement Lodges have set up a gardening club already for members who enjoy getting their hands dirty and getting stuck in.
6. Online Learning
If you love to learn then perhaps furthering your education is the best hobby for you. Many Colleges and Universities are offering free online courses to keep your mind engaged from the comfort of your home. The range of classes now is vast and ready for you to take part. Many of these are purely for enjoyment without the pressure of assessment. If, however, you have a competitive spirit then join in! You may even find your new hobby turning into a late life career!
Eager to escape the routine of home life? Now might be the best time to take a trip and refresh in the presence of new surroundings. With COVID-safe travel measures in place, take advantage of the many countries still offering tours of their historic landmarks, or even take a ‘stay-cation’, ’making the most of the beautiful UK countryside. In retirement, every day can be a holiday.
8. Online Streaming
Working life isn’t the easiest time to balance the demands of the golden age of television, so retirement might be the best time to catch up on that series that your friend recommended, but you never got around to watching. After a day of recreation and mental stimulation, take a load off and enjoy the newest offerings from the many TV-watching services on offer.
9. Keep Connected With Family
It may seem that restrictions have made it more difficult to keep in contact with family, but there are now loads of ways of staying connected. Social media and online video call services have soared in popularity during this uncertain time, while outdoor nature walks provide a way of meeting with family in person. With the right tools, it’s easier to catch every important moment in your children and grandchildren’s lives.
In short, a retiree’s hobby options are endless depending on your personality. Make sure you find something you enjoy and find interesting. Do your research and find something that is right for you.
Updated November 2020