Hobbies for your Retirement
Hobbies for Your Retirement
Hobbies are an important part of one’s life, especially when we retire. They help us relax, learn new skills, and connect with like-minded individuals. In fact, according to one census, people spend around five to six hours per day on leisure and sports activities, their personal interests/activities, and hobbies.
You still have your whole life ahead of you and retirement is a chapter in your life where you can make more time for your family, more time for new skills and more time for yourself.
In fact, a recent study shows that the more seniors took part in enjoyable and mentally demanding activities, the less likely they were to experience a decline in brainpower. And results show that indulging in varying activities can boost brain health and extend longevity.
A few hobbies to consider are learning to play an instrument, learning to speak a new language, doing yoga and reading, amongst others.
Let’s look at some of the benefits…
Playing an Instrument
The US National Library of Medicine conducted a study and found that learning to play a new instrument combatted feelings of depression. “Learning to read music and play the piano might enhance mood and certain aspects of the quality of living indicators in older adults. Those aged ≥ 65 years who participated in playing music reported improved self-esteem, greater independence, and fewer feelings of isolation.”
In addition to combatting depression, learning to play an instrument also stimulates your mind. Ever heard the term ‘use it or lose it?’ Well apparently the brain functions on the same basis, which means exercising your brain is necessary and musical training can help with just that.
Learn a New Language
Learning a new language can be FUN, and comes with loads of benefits. For instance, learning a foreign language can boost your brain power, improve memory, enhance the ability to multitask, sharpen the mind and so much more!
According to Eton Institute, “Research by Olsen et al at York University in Toronto has found that bilinguals may have a resistance to the onset of dementia, being diagnosed, on average, 4.5 years later than their ageing monolingual peers”
It is never too late to learn. Take a look at 5 Of The Best Online Language Learning Courses.
Yoga is well-known for its slow and steady stretching and deep breathing exercises, but did you know that yoga increases muscle tone, improves balance, increases strength and boosts your mood? The specific breathing exercises incorporated into yoga improve posture and can help you sleep better at night.
Like anything else in life, practice makes perfect. The recommended amount of times to practice yoga is 3 classes per week to yield the benefits. Just remember, first consult with your doctor to ensure if yoga is the exercise for you and how many times a week is the healthy amount for your body!
Lastly, but certainly not least, is the hobby of reading. Reading stimulates our mind which safeguards us against cognitive decline and the minds of those who often read have been found to remain up to 14% sharper than their less active peers. Interestingly enough, a study shows that those who engage in reading are “2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.”
It’s time to pick up a good book, spend time on your yoga mat, study that new language and take a music class. Let Retirement be the best years of your life.