Getting Too Old for Fun? 4 Hobbies for Older Adults

There’s no age limit on fun. In fact, once you reach the age group of 40 to 60, you may find that you have more free time to do fun things than you did in your 20s and 30s. Hobbies can help keep you active, connected and mentally sharp. Renew your interest in an old hobby or find some new hobbies and enjoy yourself. Here are just a few of the things that you can do:

Go For a Ride

If your motorcycle has just been sitting in the garage as a reminder of a more youthful time, now would be a good time to get reacquainted with it. If you’ve always wanted a bike, like the ones from Harley-Davidson of Dallas, this just might be the right time to get one. Leisurely scenic drives alone, with someone special or as part of a group could certainly qualify as a fun activity. You may even want to consider joining biker clubs. There are plenty of safe, family-friendly brand-sponsored clubs out there so check with the dealership that you’re buying from to see if they know of any that are local and that you could possibly join. Such clubs host events and often go out on rides together.

Plant a Garden

Gardening is a hobby that helps you to stay physically active. Growing your own vegetables is a bonus to any healthy eating plan. Gardening can be a solitary hobby. It’s a good way to clear your mind and get some beneficial exercise and sunshine. It can also be a social event. A community garden provides food, fun and social interaction. However, if there isn’t such a garden near you then you might want to consider creating one. For example, you can get some of your neighbor friends together and start one at one person’s house in their backyard. It can become some sort of club!

Keep Your Hands Busy

Knitting has become a popular hobby among all generations, even though it has primarily been seen as something that older folk do. It’s something you can do alone or as a group activity with co-workers, friends or family. If traveling is something you’re doing for fun now that you have some extra free time, the portability of knitting makes it an ideal hobby for a traveler. It can help pass time if you’re delayed at an airport of if the weather forces you to alter your plans. Another thing that you can do with this hobby is start teaching it to children who may be interested in it.

Staying Mentally Sharp

There are numerous types of puzzles available both as electronic games and the traditional versions that require a pencil. Puzzle solving keeps your mind sharp. You can have fun doing this with a group of people by competing to see who solves the problems the fastest. Jigsaw puzzles are a hobby you can enjoy alone or with someone else. Don’t get stuck in a rut and limit yourself to just one type of puzzle. Venture into unknown territory. Stretch your brain. Remember, it’s just a puzzle so there’s no risk in exploring different types to expand the challenge.

Hobbies can be relaxing, invigorating and challenging, but most of all, they should be a fun activity. You’re never too old to learn a new hobby and certainly never too old to have fun. It’s the enjoyable things in life that help you retain a positive perspective at any age.

Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism.

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