A Brief Guide to Exciting Activities to Try in Later Life

Your retirement is the perfect opportunity to revive old hobbies, reignite new passions and explore new pastimes. From sports to arts and crafts, here’s just a few examples of exciting activities to try in later life.

Active games and sports

Engaging in active games and sports will help you get regular exercise, improve your physical fitness and even provide you with the chance to make new friends.

Examples of fun sporting activities include:

  • Golf
  • Miniature golf
  • Pool
  • Shuffleboard
  • Bocce
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Pickleball
  • Croquet
  • Frisbee tossing
  • Volleyball
  • Horseshoes
  • Lawn bowling
  • Indoor bowling
  • Wii Bowling
  • Curling

Singing, dancing and other forms of performance arts

If you like to express yourself, consider dancing, singing or another form of performance arts. You don’t have to be a professional dancer or the next Mariah Carey to enjoy partaking in these activities – you just need to be willing to let loose and have fun.

You could try:

  • Line, ballroom, salsa, or swing dancing
  • Seniors’ or all-ages singing classes
  • Acting in a play
  • Telling jokes to an audience
  • Reading books to groups of young children
  • Writing and acting out skits
  • Participating in comedic improv
  • Starting a seniors’ dance troupe

Parties and other social gatherings

Just because you’ve reached retirement age does not mean you have to give up partying! Socialising regularly will add a lot of value to your life – you’ll be able to reminisce about old times or talk about the other things that interest you. A fun conversation can actually keep you more entertained than anything else mentioned in this list, so don’t deprive yourself of the opportunity to spend time with others.

You could even host a party yourself – for inspiration, consider:

  • Casino night
  • Murder mystery
  • Trivia night
  • A decades-themed night
  • Masquerade ball

Gardening, birdwatching and other outdoor pastimes

Being outdoors is the best remedy for a bad mood. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of nature by enjoying some outside activities.

These could include:

  • Gardening
  • Bird-watching
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Picnics
  • Boat rides
  • Metal detecting
  • Kite flying
  • Nature photography

Arts and crafts

Getting creative is a great way to unwind and maybe even produce a masterpiece! Arts and crafts activities can also be a good opportunity to spend time with others, whether it’s your grandchildren or next door neighbour.

Artistic hobbies you could try include:

  • Painting
  • Sketching/drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Mosaics
  • Woodcraft
  • Polymer clay modelling
  • Papercraft
  • Beading
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Embroidery
  • Quiltmaking
  • Card making
  • Jewellery making

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