So you’ve finally attained the goal of retirement. Congratulations! After a lifetime of working hard, you now have a well-deserved chance to relax, try new things and explore your passions.
You might be struggling to get started, so here are a few ideas to get you going as we look at some great hobbies to take up in retirement. Many people will have an amateur theatre company local to them, and these groups are always in need of extra hands – whether or not you want to tread the boards yourself. You can put your hand up to help with set construction, costumes, tickets or ushering and get a great sense of community with these great hobbies to take up in retirement.
Don’t let us hear you say “but I have nothing to blog about”! Whether it’s your experimental recipes, a photography blog or a travel journal, blogging is a great way to connect with people.
If you’d like to do something with your hands, if you enjoy being creative or just want to learn a new skill, learning to crochet is great fun if you’ve never tried it. There are plenty of great instruction videos for free on YouTube. And why stop at crochet? There are hundreds of craft activities you can learn!
The ultimate low-impact physical exercise, yoga strengthens your core and improves flexibility – essential for maintaining fitness. Yoga can also be taken at your own pace, so you don’t need to worry about keeping up with the class, but beware: it’s highly addictive.
If you’re looking for a pastime, joining a dating agency might not be what you’d immediately think of, but it’s one of many great ways to meet people online, explore new places and get out. You might make a few new friends, or you might meet the love of your life!
If you’ve always dreamt of creating a great work of art (or even just learning to doodle), now’s your chance. Signing up for an art class is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. The great news is that you don’t just have to draw or paint – sculpture, pottery and many other kinds of arts are possible.
A great way to get out of the house and into the great outdoors, improve your aerobic fitness and spend time with new and old friends, it’s no wonder golf is such a popular retirement hobby.
Whether you’re exploring near or far, getting out of your usual environment broadens the mind and stimulates the senses. You don’t need to Eat, Pray or Love your way around Asia either – you can just hop on the train to a place you’ve never been: you never know what you might find there.
Relationships and family – living alone