For the Young at Heart: 7 Ways Seniors Can Spice Up Their Life

Apr 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Slowing down doesn’t mean growing stale. Whether you’re just about to retire or did so 10 years ago, what are some ways to have an enjoyable everyday life:

Unusual Exercise

Aerobics, golf and going for walks tend to be the most common forms of exercise among seniors. While great activities, these aren’t your only options. Pick up yoga or tai chi, join a dancing class or bowling league, start a garden or have friends over to play horseshoes. Whatever you can do to be active, do it. Not only does exercise improve your health, but it can significantly boost energy and mood, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Pursue Your Passions

Clear out the back bedroom and turn it into an art studio. Get that motorcycle or fancy car you’ve always wanted. Travel to Spain for three weeks and consider not coming back. Sell your home, buy an RV and road trip across the U.S. Don’t hold back; now is the time to do whatever it is you’ve always wanted to do.

Master a New Skill

Many universities allow seniors to enroll or audit college courses for free or a reduced price.

Consider taking a computer, biology or pottery class — whatever suits your interests. Here are a few more entertaining hobby ideas:

  • Carpentry
  • Bird watching
  • Insect identification
  • Scrapbooking
  • Couponing
  • Back to Work

If you want to re-enter the workforce, you don’t have to go back to your former job and the long hours. Instead do something you think would be enjoyable, such as working at a bookstore, sporting goods warehouse or museum. has a range of categories to pick from, including cruise ship jobs and furniture store positions. Try something new that’s bound to make your days a little more appealing such as working at a pet store or amusement park.

Write Your Life Story

Start your autobiography. You don’t have to start from the beginning; just start writing and see where it takes you. Whether you have the wisdom to share or funny stories to record, your years of experience will undoubtedly be helpful to and treasured by your family if you write it down.

Subscribe to an Age-Specific Magazine

While you may love reading the morning newspaper or Reader’s Digest, consider subscribing to a magazine that’s meant for you. Magazines such as Modern Senior Living and Living Well focus on active senior lifestyle and interests. Besides articles on travel, fitness, money, humor and health, you may find other activity suggestions that add zest to your every day.

Adopt a Pet

Animals can make excellent companions and be vital in keeping you active and happy. Consider adopting an older animal through the Seniors for Seniors adoption program at The program places cats and dogs that are more than seven years old with senior citizens who are 60 years of age or older. According to the organization, senior animals are often already trained and provide gentle and calmer companionship.

Amanda Kern is a part-time nurse and freelancer living in Chicago.

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