Many people over 60 years of age in the UK are enjoying their life by taking up new hobbies and activities in retirement, according to research from Age UK. Below are some of the most popular ones that are good not only for your physical health but also for you mind.
Golf is a game that requires a host of different skills. You need a degree of athleticism and poise to hit long powerful drives, the technique to strike your irons sweetly, a deft touch around the greens and then mental strength to hold it all together when the pressure is on.
From driving to pitching, there are a host of techniques to learn and practice all of which require small but essential tweaks to the basic technique of the golf swing.
The health benefits are clear from being out in the open air, to walking (don’t believe the old saying that ‘golf is a good walk spoiled’ ) and socialising with others on the course and in the clubhouse.
Golf in retirement is a great hobby to consider as couples or singles but before you do, seek advice from a medical professional if you have any underlying health concerns.
Most golf courses in the UK have coaches who will be only too pleased to talk you through the merits of taking up the game.
Playing golf is one of the best ways to enjoy your retirement and stay fit. Along with tennis, it is also the most common sports chosen by the over 60s and this is why we would say that you can never be too old to start playing golf.
Spending time outdoors has been linked with improved mental health. Gardening may lower cortisol levels in your brain, and in turn reduce stress levels, according to a study in the Journal of Health Psychology.
Recent studies have shown it can even help you live longer. Weeding, digging, potting and mowing and raking are all activities that gently exercise the body, and being outside and close to nature has a wonderfully calming effect on the mind. Even tending a small garden can be beneficial, and if you’re creative enough, you can grow herbs, veggies and flowers just about anywhere.
If you’re not naturally a green thumb and need some ideas, there are plenty of gardening magazines, books and websites that can help get you started.
Gardening is mentally and physically rewarding whether you have a large garden, or just a small plot because the health benefits of being in your garden and amongst nature are many.
Fresh air, exercise and being in nature are reasons enough to take up walking in later life. Regular brisk walking is incredible for weight management and your overall physical and mental health. While walking may not sound like the ideal way to spend your free time, walking clubs and hiking make this healthy hobby and an enjoyable and versatile way to promote wellness.
Retirement brings the opportunity to try some new recipes and test your culinary skills. As a result, perhaps it’s no wonder that almost 40% of those surveyed said that cooking is one of the best retirement hobbies.
If you enjoy your food (and who doesn’t), why not challenge yourself to master some tasty new dishes? Having a few staple recipes up your sleeve that you can make fresh in a flash which is good for your health will also help you avoid the temptation to eat fast, processed, unhealthy foods. And your brain gets a good workout when you have to remember recipes, measure and gauge ingredients and stimulate your senses through taste and smell.
Cooking is an easy hobby to start either as a single or as a couple and you can make it as simple or imaginative as you wish with this book.
That Yoga improves balance and stability is a fact and cannot be disputed. Many Yoga poses focus on balance and stability, training and strengthening muscles and improving balance can prevent the likelihood of falls in later life.
If you think that Yoga may be too strenuous for you or you have a physical condition you think would bar for you from taking up Yoga, consider Chair Yoga which is fast becoming popular.
There are many books, and videos on the subject as well as clubs in most areas of the uK. Like any exercise, you should talk to a medical professional before you begin if you have any health concerns.
Now that you’re feeling healthy and inspired here’s another good read: What are the health benefits of juicing for seniors