The number of retirees making the most of their later years and trying new things is growing rapidly. We now know that in order to live longer and happily, it remains increasingly important 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.”
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, the arts keep your mind’s 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 be many others in need of a partner also. It’s a great way to meet new people and gain a great new skill.
Cooking can often become a chore when you’re busy at work every day. Retirement provides more time and a great opportunity to enjoy cooking and improve your skills. Whether you want to take a class or get some books and experiment at home is up to you. There are fantastic recipes online also for the more tech savvy of us. Enjoy trying new things and share your experiments at dinner parties to impress your friends and family.
Gardening is an old favourite among us. It’s a great way to spend time out in nature and get some fresh air and exercise. There’s nothing more rewarding than enjoying a beautiful patch of flowers or having 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. Continuing Education
If you love to learn then perhaps furthering your education is the best hobby for you. Head to your local Colleges and Universities to find a class that interests you. 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!
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.