Covid threw a wrench in all our retirement plans. Pre-Covid, each day presented a new opportunity for retirees to try something new. Now, we’re emerging into the post-Covid era. It’s time to start planning out future plans and activities. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.
1. Visit parks.
Most of us have local, state, and national parks all around us. Consider renting a cabin for a weekend at your local state park. And even if you don’t have a state park, visit your city park! Feed the local squirrel population. Take your grandchild to the playground. Most of all, have fun!
2. Start hiking.
Hiking is not only a fun activity. It can actually improve your health! Not only can it improve your sense of balance, but it can decrease the risk of developing certain respiratory conditions. You don’t have to hike a long trail or wear yourself out. Choose a path that’s suited to your current health and physical needs and enjoy the splendor of nature!
3. Socialize with your friends.
Covid probably threw a wrench in all our social lives for a good two years, but now, we can gather together without fear. Make up for lost time by calling friends you haven’t seen since before the pandemic. Plan a get-together. Reconnect with everyone in your social circle. If you’ve been missing your friends, there’s a pretty good chance they’ve been missing you, as well!
4. Keep up the walking.
Walking is a great way to exercise. It strengthens your muscles and can even help reduce blood pressure in individuals with hypertension. Plus, you don’t have to join a gym in order to walk! Take a stroll around your neighborhood. Find a local walking trail. Do a few laps around your property. Just start moving!
5. Play games.
From chess to pickleball, there are countless games that can stimulate the muscles in your mind and the muscles in your body. Join a senior softball league. Or dust off your old horseshoes or cornhole board. Board games are a great choice for those rainy afternoons.
6. Spend time with loved ones.
This one may seem obvious, but retirement can keep you busier than you think! With all the flexibility and free time that retirement offers, you may find yourself accidentally neglecting your loved ones. Many of use have not seen the relatives in two years now. Time to pay a visit! Family vacations and frequent dinners together are great ways to strengthen those family bonds.
7. Become a foodie.
You may not be the next Jonathan Gold, but you can still enjoy the experience of tasting new and exciting foods. Have you ever wanted to try Thai food? Or maybe sample genuine Indian curry? Now’s your chance! Make a list of all the dishes you want to try and find restaurants that offer them.
8. Become part of a charitable organization.
Retirement years are a great time to give back to your community. Find volunteer opportunities that suit your skills and vision. There’s a tremendous need for volunteers in all sects of public service.
9. Plan a remodel.
All of us spent a lot of time at home over the past two years. You may have taken note of some things you wanted to change. Well, there’s no time like the present! Rather than moving into another home, make your current one an even better place to live. Your dream home might be just a few tweaks and DIY projects away!
10. Move to an active adult community.
Want to have more fun? Interested in meeting more people your age? Then why not move to an active adult community? Many active adult communities boast an array of amenities, such as heated pools, exercise rooms, and clubhouses. If that sounds like heaven to you, then don’t delay. Start looking into active adult communities today!
More Great Ideas…
- Turn off the TV.
- Pick up a book, newspaper, or educational magazine.
- Visit a museum, art gallery, or film festival.
- Take a dance class or brush up your cooking skills.
- Do a crossword puzzle.
- Complete a jigsaw puzzle, preferably one with a beautiful picture.
- Learn a new language.
- Plan a trip ton exotic locale.
- Try online chess.
- Download Words with Friends on your phone.
- Check out AARP’s online game catalogue.
- Try your hand at online Scrabble.
- Play solitaire.
- Complete a sudoku puzzle online.
- Metal detecting.
- Antique trading.
- Painting or drawing.
- Playing an instrument.
- Building models.
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Robert FowlerContributing Writer
Robert Fowler is a retired blogger who lives with his wife, Mary Ann at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb Community in North Georgia. Robert was previously the President of Retirement Media Inc. He has visited numerous 55+ Active Adult Communities over the years, sharing his experiences along the way with readers. View more posts