Entertaining Yourself Over 50 - The Best New Hobbies to Start at Any Age
Want to have a fun lifestyle? It’s easier than you think!
As you approach your fifties and sixties, it is more important than ever to take care of your mental and physical health. Amidst the daily rat race, between work, caring for others and daily errands, time quickly gets away from us. It is easy to end stuck in a vicious cycle of getting up, going to work, returning from work to do handle more work and errands, and going to bed with the same plan for the next day. COVID-19 has further impacted or daily routine that often can feel more like a rut.
It is essential to have hobbies that give us a nice break, help us maintain good mental and physical health and gives us something to look forward to as we begin opening back up around the country. Research has shown that individuals with hobbies reap several mental and physical benefits, including lowering body mass index and blood pressure, as well as improved physical health. According to research by Matthew Zawadzki, a health psychologist from the University of California, leisure activities can offer immediate stress relief, as well as lower depression and stress in the longer term. So, if you hadn’t done it already, this is the best time to take up a new hobby.
Grab your partner, invite a friend, or play solo – just make sure that you allow yourself to improve your health and outlook on the world by starting an activity that you enjoy. Are you having trouble finding a hobby? Here’s a list of some hobbies you might want to pursue:
1. It’s Time to Move!
Get moving. It could be dancing lessons, a Zumba class at the nearby gym, or dance nights held at the local community center. Local dance studios offer classes for women of all ages and just wait until it is recital time! The ladies over 30, 40, 50 and 60 are always a fan favorite when the curtain opens. Check out some YouTube video tutorials or a live session on a social media website – go for whatever works for you. Physical activities like dancing pump up your endorphins and other substances, which makes you feel happier, active, and healthier. curtain opens. Check out some YouTube video tutorials or a live session on a social media website – go for whatever works for you. Physical activities like dancing pump up your
endorphins and make you feel happier, active, and healthier.
2. Never Too Old to Play
Playing games does not only allow you to enjoy a good time but also sharpens your mental abilities. Try chess, puzzles, online games, or video games (who said that they are only for the kids?). Grab some energetic partners for this, or make new friends and double the fun! Want to find new ways to connect with your grandkids, nieces or nephews? They will love the effort and have a great time enjoying quality time with you!
3. Cultivate and Nurture Greenery
Gardening is one of the most relaxing hobbies, particularly for 50+ individuals. If you have a backyard or garden, you can plant a range of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that you can use for cooking later (double the fun!). Don’t have an ample space? No worries; many houseplants can be grown by apartment dwellers, those who don’t have outdoor space, and even those who live in very cold climates.
If gardening is new to you, start with low maintenance plants.
4. Read Your Worries Away
As the saying goes, “Reading is traveling without moving your feet.” Reading is a great way to escape your world and get lost in a more interesting and exciting one. From autobiographies, memoirs, fiction, fantasy to real stories, there is a wide variety of genres that you can explore. Not only will you find it relaxing, but reading can also be informative and can help you broaden
your horizons. Reading does not have to be a solo activity.
Jump into a local book club or join one of these virtual book clubs
and start today!
5. Take Up a Sport
When it comes to sports, it is never too late to start playing one! You don’t have to be an athlete to be interested in a sport. You are competing against yourself more than anybody else, so no need to feel any unnecessary pressure. Pickleball has been all the rage for men and women of all ages! It is a fun, fast past game that will be sure to give you the adrenaline boost that you need! You can also start swimming as it is an enjoyable, low-impact activity, even for people with mobility or joint problems.
6. Relax with Yoga
Yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility, build your strength, and focus your mind on practicing mindfulness. Learn the basics in a class, and if you find it difficult to continue, there are always apps or online videos that can allow you to do yoga at home.
Be sure to learn how to do your poses safely before you start doing them on your own.
7. Write Your Own Book or Submit an Article to a Website or Blog
If you have always dreamt of writing your own book or submitting an article to a blog or website, now’s the time! Some of the greatest writers started writing in their free time, and you can follow the same path. Self-publishing is not a difficult task anymore, so you can easily put together your dream book and put it up on Amazon. If you love writing but a book is too overwhelming, pick a topic of interest, passion or expertise and submit your content to a website or blog. They might just publish it!
8. Cook it Up!
Cooking is perhaps one of the most beloved activities of all time. It is fun; it is useful, and (if it turns our well) you also get the reward of enjoying some great food. Try out new cuisines, exotic recipes, and fresh tools and techniques. Join a cooking or wine tasting class. Share your family history through recipes with your children, nieces, nephews or grandkids. Let your family history be told by cooking together!
9. Adopt a Pet
A pet is like a new family member and a constant friend who never leaves your side. Consider rescuing and adopting an animal that needs a home. This will provide you with both companionship and happiness. If your busy life style doesn't make sense for a pet to join the family permanently, consider fostering a pet. Fostering is a great way to help a furry friend in need, enjoy time with a pet but without the same level of a long term commitment.
10. Indulge in Art
Art is wonderfully relaxing and exciting, so treat your senses with any of the forms that you like. Make it a habit to visit your local museums. You can attend discount days, free events, or enjoy exclusive events after paying for an annual membership. Take adventure of virtual museum tours all over the world offered because of COVID-19. Maybe you could also get inspired and try creating something on your own, too! You might have a hidden talent you never even knew you had! Sign up for a wine and paint night to follow along with an instructor. You may also indulge in music and maybe learn singing or an instrument like the guitar. Imagine the fun you will have when you entertain your friends and family with your new skills!
There are many other interesting hobbies that you can pick up to spice up your 50s. Try one of our suggestions, or look for other great ideas. Whatever you choose, just remember to have a great time!
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