Top hobbies for retirement

With more free time than you’ve likely had since childhood, retirement comes with a range of challenges. It’s important to find things to do to use some of that time, otherwise you’ll soon grow bored and restless. Read on to find a selection of enjoyable hobbies that are ideal for your golden years.

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1. Writing

Writing is a hobby that requires very little activity, so it’s ideal for those who struggle with mobility. As long as you have a pen and paper (or a computer-type device if we’re going modern) you can write, whether that be poetry or an autobiography. There are writing groups in most towns, giving you a way to turn this hobby into a social activity too.

2. Wool crafts

Knitting, crochet, macrame. There’s a big world of wool-related crafting out there. And it’s no longer the arena of quiet old ladies, with celebrities like Harry Styles being open about their love of the craft.

If you’re looking for something simple to begin with, a basic macrame kit is an excellent way to start as it means you won’t have to spend a fortune on equipment. These are available from specialist sites such as

3. Play an instrument

Have you always regretted never learning to play the piano? Retirement is an ideal time to pick up a new musical hobby.

Research shows that taking music lessons in your 60s and beyond can decrease the loss of memory and cognitive function . Learning an instrument makes use of multiple parts of the brain and improves hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills which is good news for those keen to keep their brains active well into their retirement.

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4. Gardening

Staying active post-retirement is important for your overall health and well-being, and gardening’s a great way to do it. It’s low impact and doesn’t feel as if you’re working yourself too hard (especially if the weather’s pleasant), but it uses a range of muscle groups to keep you fit. Plus, you get to be surrounded by lovely plants and fresh air – what’s not to love?

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