Seven hobby ideas for retired men

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Having too much free time in retirement might feel weird at first, but then you realise the endless possibilities you have. You can use this free time to pick up a new hobby, learn a new skill, hang out with your friends, and many other things. These are some of the interesting hobbies you may end up loving.

1.     Online Learning

There are many limitations such as travel restrictions, time or budget that can make it harder and more challenging for us to expand our international learning. Luckily, you don’t even have to leave your bedroom to gain the valuable knowledge you want. Now that you’re in retirement and have enough time, there are numerous online lectures and educational programs you can take from the comfort of your own home. This is a great opportunity for you to learn some new skills or pick up a new hobby.

Foreign Language Study

Speaking of learning, it’s never too late to learn a new language. It can be a very calming activity and with today’s technological advances, you can learn any language you want from the comfort of your own home. There are plenty of amazing and useful courses that you can take online as well as YouTube videos and learning apps that can help you acquire some new language skill. You can invite your friends who would also like to learn a new language and you can help each other out. You can watch videos in the language you want to learn and you can practice your communication skills together.

2.     Volunteering

One of the best hobbies you could pick up in your retirement days is volunteering. It’s good for both the body and the soul. On top of that, you get to meet a lot of new people who share the same interests with you. For instance, you can sign up to volunteer in the museum. This is a great chance for you to learn something new. You can also volunteer at arts centres where you will get free access to all of the performances. There are many opportunities that can help your interests grow. Volunteering is one of the most amazing services you can do. You’re helping others and you learn something new every day.

3.     Participating in a Book Club

If you love to read, you can join a book club with other people who also enjoy the same hobby. You can find an already established book club and join them or you can make a book club of your own. Invite your friends, family and even neighbours who enjoy the activity of reading books and gather once a week or once a month for your reading club. You can pick one book for the month that you need to read and then discuss and analyse it when you gather. You can serve your guests with some delicious food and wine and have a blast while talking about the latest book you all read.

4.     Walking/Hiking

Physical activity is very important both for your physical and mental health. That is why you can make it a hobby to go walking or hiking with your friends at least twice a week. Going outside and getting some fresh air with your friends and family is one of the best activities you can do. You are being physically active while spending some quality time with your loved ones. Your back will be thanking you too.

Also, if you enjoy spending time in nature, with animals and plants, you can try birding as a part of your walking/hiking activity. This hobby allows you to go outside, get some fresh air, and exercise your reflexes and other skills as well as your cognitive abilities. You can go by yourself or you can go with a group of friends. Either way, you will get to enjoy some peaceful time in nature while learning how to identify species of birds in your local area.

5.     Photography

If you’re looking for a creative hobby, photography is a great choice. This hobby is amazing for several different reasons. It can be a great creative outlet and a project you can commit yourself to. You can make an album of the photos you make and you can frame and hang the ones you love the most in your home. This is a great way for you to maintain and develop the artistic side of your brain as you’re getting older. Plus, this hobby is a great chance for you to capture some of the most beautiful moments with your loved ones.

6.     Gardening

Another great hobby that is great for both your mind and the body is gardening. It is a very calming and nurturing activity that will give amazing products once you’re done with it. All you need to do is decide what kind of plants you want to grow and get equipped with the right gardening tools such as water sprinklers, a retractable hose reel, rakes, spades  and you’re ready. You can even choose to grow edible plants and have fresh veggies and fruits at home all the time. It’s a great hobby that will help both your body and mind relax a bit.

7.     Writing

Lastly, any kind of writing is good for your soul, body and mind. Whether you choose to write a daily journal, short story, poetry, or novels, this activity is truly healing to the soul. This creative outlet will help you deal with your worries and negative emotions by allowing you to release them on paper. It can be very therapeutic and it can help you release tension. Explore your creativity and let your pen do the work for you. You can also journal and write little notes of what you are grateful for every day. If you feel like reminiscing on some old days, you can also write a memoir that you will pass down to the new generations in the family.


All things considered, there are many options to choose from. Whichever one you pick, make sure to enjoy doing it wholeheartedly.


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