When active adults hear the word ‘recreation’, they typically think of sports and physical activities. However, there’s a lot more to recreational activities than just sports and that’s what I want to talk about today. As older adults, we often have a tendency to feel limited in our activity opportunities. We don’t feel ‘old enough’ for those senior groups and activities, in many cases, and yet we still feel too old to take part in many activities that pre-retirement people enjoy. Some of us just might not be interested in sports activities, but there is so much more to do when it comes to staying active in retirement.
The worst thing that you can do is nothing. Take the time to explore different activities in your community and see just what you can find to keep yourself busy. If your body and mind are constantly moving, you won’t have time to face many of the common issues of aging. Whether you choose something like golf or tennis, or even just daily outings to different places, there are great ways to enjoy recreation. Sports might not be your thing, and that’s fine. Consider different ways that you can stay active and spend your time otherwise.
For example, some people take up daily walks with friends, mall walking, shopping, and even trips to different museums and other attractions throughout their local community that allow them to stay active, interact with friends, and have a great time during retirement. You don’t have to be constantly on the go, of course, but you should try to enjoy recreation of some kind at least a few days each week. It will keep your mind and body active and help you have more fun during retirement than you might otherwise.
Recreation has little to do with sports and more to do with having fun. If you are out socializing and doing activities, you are already one step ahead of the rest. Before you write off ‘recreation’ when you hear about how you need it in your life, keep these things in mind. You deserve to have fun during retirement and there is plenty out there for you to do to stay young and active.