For baby boomers born between 1943 and 1960, retirement is already here or just around the corner. Now is the time to enjoy some free time and find a hobby or activity to partake in. Ready and raring to go, only to find out that you’re feeling tired and appear to be a little overweight? Now is the time for a change. Here are some hobbies to keep you in shape and help you shed a few pounds too.
Has your spouse been the one to plant flowers every year while you went out and played a round of golf? While golf is a great hobby for staying in shape, so is gardening. It goes beyond just placing annuals in the ground in the spring.
- Get out and create some new garden beds
- Build that patio or retaining wall out of stone or brick
- Engage in some outdoor DIY projects that have been on hold
- Pull out shrubs, dig dirt and till soil for a good workout
Don’t forget about weekly weeding tasks, too — this can really help you break a sweat!
Have you always loved to tinker around the house, but just couldn’t find the time? Now is a good opportunity to get things done. Refinish the hardwood floors and add some fresh paint to those outdated walls. This can improve cardiovascular activity and help boost metabolism. Staying active around the house reduces the chances of developing things like diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Have an old antique Chris Craft or Thompson covered in the back of the garage? Being the kids are moved out, there is more time to tackle and restore that old boat you’ve dreamed of getting in the water. Measuring, cutting, sanding and polishing engages core muscle groups. This helps build muscle and burn fat without having to hit the gym.
Have all the saws and equipment in the garage to create a wooden masterpiece? Dust off the power tools and get back into woodworking. Maybe it’s a new bench for your newlywed son and daughter-in-law to put in their garden, or designing a one-of-a-kind cradle for a new grandbaby. Designing helps boost brain power, while building and constructing a masterpiece increases your heart rate and metabolism.
Ever wanted to be a photographer for a major travel magazine? If the thought of traveling and snapping prize-worthy photos excites you, now you can do it as a hobby for fun! Creating your own blog to showcase your travels and photos is a great way to feel like a pro. The best part is hiking and trekking through the outdoors to get the best shot and angle keeps blood pumping through the muscles. This may help ward off symptoms of arthritis and help cope with other musculoskeletal conditions.
If hitting the gym isn’t at the top of your to-do list or you’re just looking for more ways to stay active and get in shape, try a new hobby. The goal is to have fun and live a healthy lifestyle while doing it.
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