Smart Quiz: How Is the Most Retirement Free Time Spent in the US?
- Crafting Projects
- Sleeping and Watching TV
- Volunteering Time
- Socializing Activities
Answer: Sleeping and Watching TV
Are you getting ready to retire or know someone who is? Millions of Americans are at or near retirement age and are planning to use their free time to enjoy a well-deserved break from the workforce. In reality, many retirees spend their days sleeping and watching TV. Sounds boring, doesn’t it? We have some ideas that will help to shake up the day.
Connecting with Other Retirees in Your Area
While some people really enjoy long naps and watching TV, but there is so much more you could be doing with your day. Sites like Meetup.com can instantly put retirees in touch with people who share similar interests and hobbies. Those who can’t find groups that match their interests can start their own. Meetup is great for meeting other retirees and trying activities like:
- Boating and beach day activities
- Planning coordinated camping or RV trips
- Comedy clubs or stage shows
- Singles dances or group dinners for widows
- Cards and cocktail hour at the local lounge
- Bus trips to local attractions and casinos
Connecting with a specific like-minded group opens the doors for new friendships and adventures!
Plan a Long-Awaited Vacation
A lot of people put off their dream vacation for years because of work. Early retirement is a great time to start traveling. Those who don’t have anyone to travel with might consider tour groups — either through travel agents or senior groups. There are a lot of great deals out there for retirees, making it easier to travel while sticking to a reasonable budget.
Take Enrichment Classes
Not getting up to go to work each morning doesn’t mean life can’t have a meaningful purpose. Get a similar type of satisfaction by taking enrichment classes specifically for retirees. Start at the local senior center. They often offer courses on foreign languages, computer software, and writing that can enrich anyone’s lifestyle. Many are free or low-cost to qualified individuals.
Engage in Enjoyable Physical Activities
Unless you have physical limitations, it’s important to stay active. Activity keeps the heart healthy and boosts the immune system so it can better ward off disease. There are plenty of ways to stay physically fit. Consider trying:
- Swimming or water aerobics
Retirement is about finally getting to do those things you’ve always wanted and enjoying time off work; but don’t forget to stay health-conscious. Encourage friends and neighbors who are also retired to get active together.
You’ve worked hard to get to this point in your life. Enjoy it!
~Here’s to Your Financial Health
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