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Staying Active in Retirement

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Apr 15, 2016 3:03:52 PM
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active-in-retirementRetirement is the reward for all the hard work you have put in over the years, but after a full career, you may find yourself unsure about how to fill all those extra hours. As you embark on your retirement journey, try the following tips to make the most of your retirement by staying active physically as well as mentally.

Stay Fit

Begin a new remodeling project - Odds are your career left you with less time at home to tackle any remodeling projects.  If you are a “do-it-yourselfer”, take some time to do those home improvements that you’ve been putting off or take care of any home repairs that need addressing.  Since you may find yourself spending more time at home, perhaps it’s time to create a private space for yourself, like a workshop, man cave, or art studio as well.

Join a team - Keep yourself fit and active by joining a recreational sports team.  Whether you are a sports enthusiast or simply enjoy the game, joining a team is a great way to not only exercise, but also to socialize and meet new people.

Create the perfect garden retreat - While many people enjoy having their own garden, most people find they don't have the time to care for one while they are working.  Take your new-found time to create a garden oasis you can enjoy in your own backyard.

Stay Sharp

Look for volunteer and mentoring opportunities in your community - Search your local community for opportunities to utilize the leadership and training skills you learned as a pilot.  Working with others can help give you purpose while also benefiting those in your community.

Take up a new hobby - Have you always wanted to take up fishing, woodworking, or maybe even writing?  Retirement is a good time to find activities that interest when you now have the time to invest in them.

Have Fun

Take a vacation - While you may have traveled just about everywhere you could imagine on the job, it may be hard to remember the last time you went on an actual vacation.  Now is the time to take that trip to the islands, mountains, or overseas, and enjoy that dream vacation instead of just an overnight layover.

Spend time with family – Enjoy your new freedom by spending more time with your family and loved ones. Having a more open schedule will allow you to attend your grandchild’s school play or dance recital, or help organize a family reunion.

Bring home a new addition - With so much traveling during your career, your house was probably used more as a layover station rather than a home. Now that you will be at home more often, why not pick up a new companion? Adopt a pet or utilize your training skills on a new puppy.  

Whether it is using your skills to give back, creating the home you’ve always wanted, or taking the time to discover a new hobby, staying active in your retirement is important to your overall well-being. Take the time to find what interests you and find avenues to fulfill those interests. With these simple tips for staying active, you will be able to enjoy the retirement you’ve always wanted.

Stay on Track

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Disclaimer: This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as individual investment advice. Actual recommendations are provided by Retirement Advisors of America following consultation and are custom-tailored to each investor’s unique needs and circumstances. The information contained herein is from sources believed to be accurate and reliable. However, Retirement Advisors of America accepts no legal responsibility for any errors or omissions. Investments in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds may increase or decrease in value. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Any of the charts and graphs included in this blog are not recommendations for the purchase and sale of any security. 

Topics: Financial Planning