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20 Hobby Ideas for Retirement

Staying fit the fun wayWhether newly retired or well-established in retirement life, you may find yourself at a loss for what to do. Filling your time with meaningful pursuits can be a bit daunting, especially when you’ve never had the time to really find out what hobbies interest you most. Here are a few hobbies and activities that will keep you busy!

  1. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, nursing home, elementary school, library or community garden club. This can be a rewarding and fulfilling way to spend a few hours a week, or more if you really love it.
  2. Buy a used RV and travel the country. Hit every state in the contiguous USA, and collect souvenirs from each one.
  3. Get crafty with yarn and fabric: try your hand at cross-stitching, embroidering, knitting, quilting or sewing.
  4. Take up painting. Local community colleges have classes that are affordable and meet at night or during the day to fit your schedule.
  5. Learn woodworking. Take a course or learn on YouTube, then put your talents to use making anything from bedside tables to birdhouses. Speaking of birdhouses…
  6. Do some bird watching. Put up bird feeders and chimes that gently sing in the wind. Pick up books on birds and familiarize yourself with your regular “customers.”
  7. Get fit. Take an exercise class or water ballet at your local gym or senior center.
  8. Get into a routine every morning where you work out with friends and then grab a coffee and low-fat muffin.
  9. Try a pottery class and make home made gifts.
  10. Dance like nobody’s watching. Take a dance class at the local senior center or studio to stay in shape and sweat off those extra pounds.
  11. Join a club. Look in your community forums, newspapers and town hall for all the clubs offered in your town, from gardening clubs to reading clubs at the library. If you don’t see something you like, start your own, such as a card club, checkers club, dominoes club or canasta club.
  12. Try baking and cooking. If you’ve always wanted to spend more time in the kitchen, now’s your chance.
  13. Use your culinary creations as a way to bring people together. Cook for your spouse, invite your kids and grandkids over, and treat your neighbors to your latest recipe.
  14. Get outdoors. Camping, hiking, nature walking, and biking are all great ways to burn off energy and get fresh air.
  15. Take up gardening. Many communities have gardening clubs where you can garden with others, spruce up neglected areas in town, and even work on your own projects.
  16. Spend time with your grandchildren. Teach them your new gardening skills, so they can take pride in growing something in the ground.
  17. Engage in an adult education program. It’s time to teach your skills to a younger generation. Offer to teach a course at a community college, such as baking, knitting, photography or even public speaking.
  18. Do something as a team. Develop a hobby with your spouse or companion. Learn golf or tennis together and make a date every week for a round or match.
  19. Start scrapbooking. You’ll need somewhere to document all these new hobbies you’re trying!
  20. Plan a home improvement. Make a master suite with spacious bathroom, create a man cave or expand your kitchen. Call Judd Builders for some innovative ideas that work with you in this next phase of your life.