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Retirement isnít a Curse: Seven Fulfilling Activities

that can Keep You Active and Healthy

When people talk about senior citizens, they may identify them by other names such as a retiree, middle aged folk, empty nester and, the most popular name, baby boomer. All it means is that the person has moved from the working sector of their lives into the more sedentary relaxed lifestyle. This phase of life means the baby boomer can choose for themselves what they would like to do each morning instead of getting up and tending to obligations like family and work.

Retirement, for some people, may seem like a curse. It doesnít have to be that way. If youíre the type of baby boomer who sees retirement as the end , then youíll be glad to know that there are at least seven activities that you can do to get life moving for you again.

Seven Activities That Wonít Let You Sit Around Bored Out Of Your Mind

Go Travel Ė Many retirees have dreamed of the day they could actually relax on vacation without the hassle of having to go back to work. Well, the time has arrived baby boomers. Itís time for you to explore the world and all it has to offer. Whether itís close by where you live (something youíve always meant to go see) or halfway around the world, traveling is a grand way to stay active, both with your mind and body.

Expand Your Mind Ė When you travel, you get the opportunity to explore new surroundings, seen new sights and understand different cultures. Make sure to learn all that you can from your experience. Bear in mind that you donít have to travel to learn new things. If youíve had an interest to learn a new language or wanted to learn how to play an instrument, now is the time to go for it. New things in your life will keep that mind of yours sharp and also keep you from getting bored.



Mingle With People Ė When youíre hard at work, it can be difficult to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. Now that youíre retired, itís time to get into touch with these folks and reconnect with them. You may not realize it but mingling can do a world of good. Take this opportunity to go meet new folks, whether itís joining a cooking club or an art class. If youíre the type of person who always enjoyed parties, consider hosting your own party and bring together old and new friends. Invite your neighbors while youíre at it. People always have a story to tell and you may learn that the person down the road isnít all that different from you, despite what you may have initially thought.

Bring A Pet Home Ė Another wonderful way to stay active is to get yourself a pet. Regardless of what kind of pet you want (bird, cat, dog, hamster, lizard, etc), nothing is better than taking care of something living; something that will give you unconditional love. If you feel like sitting back in your handsome new dutailier rocking chair you picked up as a retirement gift to yourself, your cat or (small dog) can jump up and keep you company. Are you unable to bring home a pet but still want to be around animals? Then volunteer your time at a local animal shelter. There are all kinds of cats and dogs waiting to be adopted and while they wait, you can show them love and give them the care they need. You can also dedicate your time to taking care of a neighborís pet when theyíre unable to do so due to illness or going out of town. This also helps in building friendships with your neighbors.

Good Cause Ė Get involved with something you feel is a good cause. Many people are involved with causes that include childrenís rights, eco-friendly movements, animal rights and so much more. Work with people who share your same vision about how the world should be; you never know but you could forge new friendships from it all. Being involved with a good cause gives your life a purpose.

Take Up Mentoring Ė As a baby boomer, you have a lot of things to say and show the younger generation. Share this information with your grandkids or be surrogate grandmother/grandfather to neighborhood kids. If your neighborhood is kid free but you still want to be a mentor, sign up with a mentoring program, which will enable you to make an impact on childrenís lives. If you love sports, why not coach a team full of kids? There are many things you can do with children that can allow you to be a positive influence on their lives.

Keep Yourself Moving Ė Stay active. You can join a gym that has state of the art equipment, swim in a pool (if itís included) or join a dance class. If you donít have that kind of money, consider taking a walk around the block or riding a bike. Itís always best to speak with your doctor before you begin an exercise program. You can also do other things that involve motion such as planting a garden or doing some home improvements. There is something out there for everyone.

Remember, this is the time in your life that you donít have to worry about things that made you worry in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. While you are always going to worry when it comes to your family, you donít have to be there for them every second of the day. So, take time out for yourself and enjoy what life has to offer you. Do any one of these activities, enjoy yourself and feel energetic about your life.

About The Author

Kimberly Aardal, the publisher for enjoys her busy lifestyle, which includes learning about different cultures, visiting exotic places and educating herself about the different relaxing things in life. She writes reviews about her dutailier maple glider, rockingchairs and so much more. Kimberly lives in the Colorado Mountains with Jon (her husband) and Ginger (her yellow Labrador). Sheís been able to volunteer for some worthwhile causes and travels away from home as often as possible, which she sees as experiencing life to the fullest.


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