Retirement is one of the biggest, and I would argue best, transitions that happen to us as we get older. We worked hard for years but heading into retirement many worry that they’ll have a lot, perhaps too much spare time. They need not worry. When my wife and I retired, people warned us about getting bored. Funny thing, though, none of those warnings came from retirees. Here is how we try and live an active and healthy retirement lifestyle.
We dedicate quite a bit of time generating scratch-made meals. My wife loves to cook and I love to eat – so this works out great for both of us. Most working people can’t dedicate two hours to cook a meal twice a day after having made pancakes for breakfast. Once retired though it was as if a gastronomic fountain began to flow furiously and gloriously. We enjoy folding tortellini that we make from homemade pasta at 2 o’clock on a Wednesday with a nice glass of red. We keep it healthy with lot’s of staples and no processed food. Retirement food is better than working food, for us anyway.
All that eating means we need to take regular exercise. We walk between 90 minutes and two hours most days. I’ve gotten back into lifting weights and we both take more vigorous exercise such as elliptical training when the weather is too poor or too hot to walk outside. Old age may catch-up to us eventually but we’ll do what we can stay in shape for as long as we can.
Traveling is different once you’re retired. It is more flexible. When you don’t have to fit things into two-week vacations, it opens up your options of conveyance. Taking the slow-boat to destinations instead of flying is much more feasible if you have an open-ended schedule. Why not drive across America and see the landmarks you’ve only read about? Why not cruise to and from Europe? We’re about to take a trip and I don’t know or care when we’ll get back.
I like to collect coins and baseball cards. I also enjoy maintaining an old jeep and writing. The truth is however; I find it difficult to get the time to pursue all or any of my hobbies. My wife is much busier than I am so she doesn’t even know what a hobby is. It sounds cliché but we really don’t know how we ever had time to work.
So, what do retired people do all day that keeps them so busy? The short answer is anything they want.