You put in your time at work, and now it’s your turn to pursue your passions and discover new ones. Retirement is an exciting time of reflection and growth; there’s no need to sit back and stop being active. Instead, now is the time to take on new adventures, including fun new hobbies. Let’s look at a few outdoor pursuits to help you not only try something new, but also get some fresh air while doing so.
Exercise While Hiking
Hobbies that provide exercise and fun are the perfect combo, ensuring life doesn’t get boring. During retirement, it’s too easy to sit still and allow life to become routine. Instead, live purposefully and change up your daily schedule and goals, so you get everything out of retirement that you can. One thing to add to your routine is hiking.
Hiking isn’t all about preparing for Mount Kilimanjaro; it’s whatever you want it to be. Look for local state parks and walk the trails or simply find walking paths around your neighborhood. The goal is fresh air and movement.
Become a Fisherman
The great thing about fishing is that you don’t actually have to catch a fish to have a good time. It’s the process of getting out on the water that makes fishing one of the best outdoor hobbies to start after retirement.
If you aren’t used to being out on the water or fishing, make sure you plan ahead so your fishing day is easy and comfortable. You don’t want to get out there and realize you have no bait or, even worse, no food for yourself. Find a fishing partner or two and go enjoy some sunshine and maybe even a fresh catch for dinner.
Grow Your Own Veggies
Remember when you always wanted to garden but never had the time? Well, now you do, and retirement is the perfect time to finally get that weed-free, lovely garden you’ve always dreamed of.
Gardening comes in all forms, from a half-acre garden full of rows and rows of vegetables to a small potted herb garden on the patio. It’s one of the most relaxing outdoor hobbies you can start in retirement, and the best part is the benefits you reap from what you grow. Fresh vegetables and herbs are full of healthy vitamins, and if you yield an abundance, sharing what you can’t use is the perfect icebreaker when meeting new friends.
Bird watching happens in backyards, parks, and on everyday walks around town. It’s an inexpensive outdoor hobby that only requires a pair of binoculars and a bird book that’s local to your area.
You may be surprised to know that that the hobby of bird watching is beneficial to your health as well. Once hooked, it’s not uncommon for bird watchers to wander in the woods for hours, hoping to spot a particular bird. Getting exercise without realizing it is the best kind of fitness.
Retirement is what you make of it, so consider some new outdoor hobbies to keep you smiling, healthy, and never stuck in a boring routine.