You’re free from the pressures and stresses of the daily 9-5, you’re older and wiser, you’ve reached the point in your life when you know exactly who you are and, to be frank, you’ve stopped worrying about what other people think. In other words…you’re retired. In other words, you’ve got the time and freedom to go out there and do whatever it is you’ve been dreaming of.

Unsurprisingly, according to the Office of National Statistics, the people spending the most of their time on leisure activities are those aged 65+, clocking up an average of 7hours 10 minutes a day. Quite right too!

Boost your health and wellbeing

And, in case you need a few good reasons to up your leisure hours and join the national average, you’re doing it for the good of your health and wellbeing. The right hobby can open the door to new friendships, provide a sense of purpose and achievement, offer wonderful challenges and add a sense of structure and routine to daily life. Added to this, hobbies are a fabulous boost to your health; both mental and physical, to your general wellbeing and your happiness.

Talking about retirement, health and wellbeing and the importance of social connections, an article in The Psychologist shares the advice “Your relationships with people can help you live longer”. Age UK’s Index of Wellbeing in Later Life tells us that engaging in the world around us, through social, creative, physical or community activities, can increase our later life wellbeing by more than 20%.

So, if you’re not already doing so now is the time to take up that new hobby. Whether you want to help your community and meet new people, get moving and increase your exercise, learn something new or get more creative, there’s a hobby out there that is perfect for you. And, you’ve got plenty of time to do your research and test things out until you find your new happy hobby.

A few to get you started

Because we like to be nice and helpful, we have created a list (all neatly organised into genres) to get you started.

Hobbies that will move you: don’t move it you lose it!

  • Yoga/Pilates
  • Golf
  • Darts
  • Bowling
  • Walking/Hiking
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Horse-riding
  • Cycling
  • Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Swimming/Aqua-fit
  • Dancing
  • Table tennis
  • Tai chi/martial arts
  • Archery
  • Squash
  • Netball
  • Running

Social Hobbies: get out and meet new people

  • Book/film club
  • Band/choir/drama/walking group
  • Dance/art/language classes
  • Historical re-enactments
  • Gym/Aqua-fit classes
  • Volunteering
  • Board game/film/wine-tasting nights
  • Pub quiz team
  • Sports team
  • Start a social media group
  • Get an allotment

Hobbies for nature lovers: get outside and enjoy some fresh air

  • Birdwatching
  • Train-spotting
  • Fishing
  • Photography
  • Fossil hunting
  • Seashell collecting
  • Amateur astronomy
  • Beekeeping
  • Camping
  • Foraging
  • Gardening
  • Sailing
  • Metal-detecting
  • Flower pressing
  • Walking/Hiking
  • Watch cricket (not on the TV)

Hobbies from home: kick back, relax and hobby without the travel

  • Learn an instrument
  • Read / Bake / sing
  • Get painting/drawing
  • Beautify your garden
  • knit/sew/crochet
  • Get puzzling (jigsaws/puzzlers/crosswords/apps)
  • Start writing
  • Up-cycle furniture
  • Tinker with a classic car
  • Brew your own beer
  • Grow your own veg
  • Get crafty (cards/jewellery/woodwork/origami)
  • Start a blog

Hobbies for your grey matter: stay as sharp as a pin

  • Reading & creative writing
  • Games & puzzles
  • Learn magic tricks
  • Computer programming
  • Join a debating club
  • Genealogy
  • Learn a language
  • Build models
  • Get Crafting
  • Become a star gazer
  • Learn chess
  • Learn a musical instrument
  • Start a blog
  • Get creative (Painting/Drawing/Origami)
  • Flower arranging
  • Compose your own music

Of course these lists are by no means exhaustive (let’s face it the options are endless) and we would love to hear what hobbies you are up to. It would be great to hear some wild and whacky stories from the world of retirement hobbyists.

And, if like some of our customers you are looking to fund more extravagant later life hobbies then Equity Release could help.

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