20 Fun Hobbies for Retirement

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Retirement can sometimes lead to feelings of loneliness or boredom since the daily trip to the office to work is no longer an option. However, there are many hobbies and activities that you can take up.

1. Gardening

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Cultivate a green thumb and grow your own vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Gardening is a rewarding hobby that lets you spend time outdoors while nurturing plants to grow.

2. Birdwatching

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Observe the local bird species, learn about their habits, and journal your sightings. This is another hobby that gets you outside and keeps you active as you fill up your life list.

3. Swimming

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Whether you want to improve your swimming or participate in a group class, swimming is a great way to stay in shape and low impact.

4. Painting or Drawing

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Express your creativity through various art forms and mediums. Whether you do free form art or take lessons, you can home your fine motor skills while creating a masterpiece.

5. Learning a Musical Instrument

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You’re never too old to start learning to play a musical instrument. Pick up an instrument, like a guitar, piano, or ukulele, and enjoy learning to play.

6. Dancing

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Take up ballroom, salsa, or line dancing for a fun and social way to stay active.

7. Yoga or Tai Chi

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Improve flexibility, balance, and mindfulness with these gentle forms of exercise.

8. Photography

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Capture memories and explore your artistic side through photography. There are a lot of different types of photography (portrait, landscape, etc.) so you can explore new places or see old places with a new perspective.

9. Volunteering

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Give back to your community by volunteering at local organizations or participating in community projects.

10. Cooking or Baking

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Try out new recipes, take cooking classes, or learn to bake artisan bread.

11. Traveling

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Explore new places, cultures, and cuisines, whether locally or internationally.

12. Writing

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Write a memoir, blog, or even a novel to express your thoughts and experiences.

13. Knitting or Crocheting

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Create cozy handmade items like blankets, scarves, and sweaters.

14. Reading

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With retirement comes plenty of time to catch up on all of the books you’ve been meaning to read.

15. Flying RC Planes

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One Redditor loves flying RC planes in retirement. They said that “you can invest as little or as much as you like in the hobby.”

16. Genealogy

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Research your family history and create a family tree to share with future generations.

17. Woodworking

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Design and create furniture, decorations, or other wooden items for your home or to give as gifts.

18. Learning a New Language

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Challenge your mind by learning a new language and immerse yourself in a different culture.

19. Golfing

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One of the most obvious answers on Reddit was golfing. It’s low impact and takes a long time to master. Perfect for the retired person.

20. Bowling

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Whether you go to a typical bowling alley or take up some lawn bowling, it’s a great social activity.

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