Friday, January 26, 2018

Hobbies to Pick Up in Retirement

For many Americans, one of the ultimate chapters to reach in life is retirement. That’s a crucial part of the American dream, right? To reach the point where we’ve worked enough that we’re set to spend the rest of our lives doing whatever we please! 

Well, sometimes it’s not quite that simple. For many people who reach retirement, the sudden influx of free time can actually be quite shocking. Indeed, there are studies that show this might be reason that alcoholism rates tend to increase at the retirement age. 

The truth is that, like with most things in life, retirement should be approached with a plan of what it is that you want out of it. Here are some potential hobbies that people pick up in their retirement...

Landscaping and gardening

If you have a home that you’ve spent so long building up throughout your career, then there’s a good chance that you’re going to be thrilled to finally spend some time in it. For this reason, one homebound hobby that many retirees get into is landscaping, or gardening. 

This is a great way to improve on your home, and to get yourself outdoors doing something that you love. Sometimes, just finding the right way to perfect your backyard is an incredibly fulfilling hobby that will keep you busy for weeks or months!

Take your cooking up a level

Another great home activity that you can do in retirement is cook; not just cook to take care of your meals for the day, but actually cook for joy and flavor. If you’re a person who loves to cook, then retirement is a terrific opportunity to update your kitchen and spend some more time in it. 

Try making recipes that you always thought sounded good. Or, try bringing the food from another culture into your own kitchen and see how you fare at making it. This isn’t likely to be your only hobby, but it can be a delightful and useful one to take up in retirement.


For many people, traveling is something that they’ve always wanted to do, but something always seems to get in the way, whether that be family, their career, or a substantial amount of debt. 

Well, retirement is the perfect opportunity to finally get out there and see the world. After all, you’ve already spent a good portion of your life in the home you had to have so you could go to work. Why would you want to spend the rest of it there? Instead, buy a plane ticket or load up your car and head out to see some places that you’ve always wanted to go and experience.

Serving others

Retirees are often some of the most charitable people, simply by virtue of them having the time and resources to figure out what they want to donate towards. Well, there’s a lot more you can donate than money. 

Giving your time to your community to help with the problems that face it is a terrific and fulfilling way to spend your retirement. 

Giving back to the community is a great way to refocus your work from your career, but to still have a purpose that makes you feel useful.

Active living

Good health isn’t just for the young. When you are older, it becomes more important to engage in healthy activities that keep you feeling great for years. Now that you’re retired, take up some of the physical activities you’d always wished you had more time for. 

Take a morning and hike up a mountain nearby, or simply go for a swim at a local spot. You’ve spent all this time getting to retirement, don’t you want to enjoy it for as long as you can?

Joining clubs of similar interests

There are an immeasurable amount of hobbies that you can take up after you retire, and virtually all of them will be more fun if you are able to enjoy them with likeminded people. 

No matter what your hobby is, take a look at local groups that share the same interests, so you can meet new people and make fulfilling friendships to give your retirement a social scene that encourages you to do the things that you love.

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