If you’re retired or about to retire, you’ve probably thought about what you’re going to do with all that spare time. Even if you already have some ideas, here are 10 activities you shouldn’t overlook in retirement.
Retirement provides a great opportunity to explore the outdoors. Hiking provides all the mood- and health-boosting benefits of exercise, while letting you explore and enjoy the outdoors to boot. There’s likely a trail that matches your skill and endurance level close to where you live.
Fishing is another relaxing outdoor activity. Fishing can be a fairly low-impact, eminently relaxing venture, regardless of whether you’re doing catch-and-release fishing or trying to capture your dinner. Though there are some costs involved, fishing licenses and beginner-level equipment are relatively cheap.
Take Warm-Weather Vacations
Going somewhere warm for vacation seems like an obvious choice, but many people don’t get the chance to travel often because of their careers. Retirees have an opening to check out warm-weather locations both in the states (the West Coast and the South, for instance) and abroad (destinations like Belize and Costa Rica come to mind).
Volunteering can be a relaxing way to spend time while helping others. Animal shelters, food banks, and community organizations all have jobs for volunteers. Wondering how to start? U.S. News and World Report has an excellent guide on finding the right volunteer opportunity.
Get Active with the Senior Games Association
For active retirees—or those looking to become active—the National Senior Games Association is available. It’s a nonprofit that promotes active lifestyles through events and education, targeted at people age 50 and over. One of their flagship programs is the Senior Olympics, which is a series of regional and national competitions held in a wide variety of sports.
Enjoy Family Time
Like traveling and hobbies, family time can also suffer when you’re employed full-time. During retirement, something as simple as a hike with a grandchild or as intricate as a family reunion can help you relax while sharing experiences with those you love.
Take Wine/Beer Tours
New wineries and breweries are sprouting up across the country. Many offer free or low-cost tours, which usually involve tasting the product and viewing the facilities. There’s likely one available near where you live, but if not, consider incorporating one of these tours into your next vacation.
Worthwhile books usually take some time to tackle, and retirement can be a good time to burrow into whatever books you’ve been meaning to check out. If you don’t know where to begin, websites, apps, and librarians can all help point you towards a book you’ll enjoy.
Gardening is both relaxing and rewarding. You can get physical exercise as well as food or beautiful flowers, depending on what you decide to grow. If you think you don’t have the space, energy, or time to maintain your own garden, consider joining a community garden, where a team of people works to cultivate a single garden.
Take Up a New Hobby
Always wanted to do something with your hands? Consider woodworking. Like music? Take up an instrument. Into writing? Start a blog about your activities. Retirement is your chance to enjoy hobbies you never had the time for before.