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8 Fun Retirement Hobbies for Active Adults

June 8, 2021
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You’ve finally retired and are entering the best years of your life. As an active adult settling into a life of freedom, you may be considering how to fully enjoy the retirement you’ve earned. At OakwoodLife, we’re committed to doing everything in our power to help you build a healthy, invigorating lifestyle that exceeds every expectation.

By taking up the following hobbies in retirement, you will be exposed to countless new experiences.

Fun Hobbies for Retirees

Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle

After years of hard work, you deserve to relax and make the most out of life. Embrace a healthy and active lifestyle. There are a variety of ways to exercise at OakwoodLife, including our fitness studios that are fully equipped with weight machines, free weights, treadmills, exercise balls, and more. If you prefer a low-impact workout, visit our indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Perhaps you enjoy the great outdoors. If so, hit the hiking trails, take up horseback riding, or take a brisk morning walk with your friendly neighbors.

Whatever type of exercise you choose, you’ll feel happier, stronger, and more energized.

Try Your Hand at Art

Are you the creative type? Try your hand at art. From oils and charcoals to acrylics and watercolor, there are a variety of mediums of art, which means you can find the one you like the best. The good thing about art is there are no limitations with what you can create. If drawing or painting isn’t for you, give crafting a try. Whether you want to try jewelry making, beadwork, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, or candle making, the possibilities are endless.

Find Your Green Thumb and Start a Garden

Gardening is good for the mind, body, and soul. Add this popular activity to your retirement hobby list to connect with nature and bring out your horticultural side. It also helps you stay active. Between mixing soil, filling pots, and watering plants, gardening significantly improves physical health. Gardeners are always on the move, utilizing balance, mobility, and core strength. Being out in the sun for a minimal amount of time also provides you with plenty of vitamin D, which reduces stress, improves the immune system, and may even reduce the risk of developing dementia. OakwoodLife offers community gardens ideal for growing vegetables for mouthwatering stir-fry dishes and fresh greens for healthy salads.

Study a Foreign Language

It’s never too late to learn a new language, especially if you’re planning on traveling the world during your golden years. Language learning helps exercise your brain by building neural connections and improving memory and concentration. It also expands your worldview and enriches your life. While it’s possible to teach yourself, consider taking a course at your local community college, university, or online class. Working with professional teachers can help you learn at a faster pace. And if you’re lucky, you’ll learn in a welcoming atmosphere where you can find genuine connections and friendships.

Capture Beauty Through Photography

If you retire at one of OakwoodLife’s four 55+ active adult communities, you’ll be immersed in a more fascinating world filled with beauty and goodness. With so many charming areas within Colorado and Utah, you’ll never run out of sweeping, picturesque views for your photography hobby. Plus, our master-planned communities are connected to several parks, trails, and other outdoor gems.

Pick Up a New Sport

Are you an avid sports fan? At OakwoodLife, we offer outdoor sports courts located at the amenity center. You can meet up with your friends for an afternoon of pickleball, a sport with a slew of health benefits that is a cross between tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. If pickleball isn’t for you, give bocce ball a try. This ancient strategic game, known as Italian lawn Bowling, requires a bit of skill, strategy, and luck. Whether you’re playing among your neighbors or watching from the sidelines with a cocktail in hand, the sports court is a great place to connect with others and experience a true sense of community.

Or you can squeeze in a round of golf. As a healthy lifestyle activity, golf supports both physical and mental health. If you’re looking to improve your golf swing, head into the amenity center to try our golf simulator.

Join a ClubJoining a club as a retiree is a great way to make new friends and feel a sense of belonging. Social group connections also help people build meaningful and healthy life. Our 55+ communities offer several different types of clubs that regularly connect to share their passions and share authentic experiences. Regardless of which club you choose to join, you’ll gain new perspectives while socializing and exploring new horizons.

Learn About Geneology

With so many resources available, genealogy has never been easier. According to USA Today, genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States. This fascinating hobby will help you travel through time to learn about your ancestors and their intriguing stories. To get started with genealogy, focus on collecting and preserving memories, documents, photographs, and other important information from your family. Start on your ancestors two to four generations back. Next, collect and upload these documents using a family ancestry website. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn about your family history.

Welcome Home to OakwoodLife

One of the exceptional things about living in active adult communities is that there is always an abundance of fun. You’ll never run out of hobbies and activities to try.

Our community Lifestyle Directors make sure that there’s always something new for you to try and keep the community organized and fun. From cooking classes to going on tours, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try new activities and meet new people.

We hope to inspire and motivate current residents to try new clubs and attend activities as soon as they move in. If you’re looking for a fresh start, genuine connections, and enriching experiences, consider starting your next chapter at one of our 55+ communities in Colorado and Utah.