How to Stay Active During Your Retirement Years

 

Staying active is vital for both the physical and mental health of retirees. It does not only help to manage or prevent numerous physical ailments, but also combats depression. Unfortunately, one of the biggest pitfalls of retirees is the lack of activity. So how can you stay active during retirement years? Here are just a few ideas.

 

Money Makers

Sometimes staying active can also help bring a little extra income into the home. This serves the dual purposes of staying healthy and stretches your retirement income a little. A few examples of how you can do this in your retirement years – without hurting your SSI benefits (like a full-time job would):

  • Freelancing from home
  • Working part-time, one or two days a week
  • Selling homemade items online or at craft shows
  • Babysitting (if health allows) a few days a week

Clubs, Organizations, or Groups

Joining a club, organization, or group can definitely help people in retirement to keep socially active. Depending upon what the exact group is, retirees can also stay between minimally and moderately active. A few ideas of ways to stay active in this category include:

  • Joining a gym with senior-friendly workout groups
  • Volunteering for a local organization you care strongly about
  • Creating a weekly or monthly lunch group with friends and family members
  • Playing bingo
  • Becoming active in your church or joining a local church
  • Volunteering as a room mother/helper at your grandchildren’s schools/extracurricular organizations

Hobbies, Etc.

Practicing a hobby can serve numerous purposes. Not only will it take up some of your free time, but doing something you love is great for your mental health. A few ideas of hobbies you might decide to take up (or resume) include:

  • Sewing/knitting/embroidery
  • Fishing/hunting
  • Cars
  • Woodworking or metalworking
  • Photography
  • Hiking/walking/swimming (if health allows)
  • Scrapbooking
  • Traveling
  • ANYTHING you love

Making It Work

Incorporating a few of these ideas into your routine will work best for staying active both physically and socially. Most importantly you should have some kind of routine that forces you to get out of the house or up out of bed. This is your greatest ally in combating the depression so many retirees fall victim to me.

Let’s say that you decide you’d like to work part-time, on Monday’s and Tuesdays. Then you’d like to work on your photography, volunteer at your church, and visit your children once a week. Your schedule may then look like this:

Monday – Work

Tuesday – Work

Wednesday – Photography

Thursday/Friday – Free

Saturday – Visit Children

Sunday – Volunteer at Church

What makes this schedule so great is that there is a lot of flexibility. If you didn’t want to do photography on Wednesday but would rather catch up on your favorite shows, you can. If you’d like to visit your children on Friday instead of Saturday, you can.

It also has some stability to it. You know that you’ll have to leave the house Sunday through Tuesday, so even if you do nothing else for the rest of the week you will have at least done something.