Did you know that seniors can manage (or even prevent) 80% of the most costly chronic health conditions with regular physical activity?

The good news is you don’t have to sign up for a marathon to maintain an active retirement lifestyle. Some of the best hobbies for seniors are low-cost, easy on the body, and perfect to do with friends.

In this post, we’ll walk you through five terrific options for active adults and seniors. We’ll also point you towards one of the best active adult communities in the nation. Keep reading!

1. Golf

Each year, Americans play over 500 million rounds of golf. The sport is especially beloved by active seniors — and for good reason.

Golf is one of the best hobbies for seniors with arthritis because it’s relatively easy on the joints. Whether you’re out walking the course in solitude or cruising around in a cart with friends, the beautiful setting is hard to beat.

You’ll see golf courses and driving ranges included on amenities lists in many active adult communities. And in a warm climate like central Florida, you can enjoy golf 365 days a year!

2. Tennis & Pickleball

If you’re looking for a hobby that will get your blood pumping, why not take up tennis? It’s both enjoyable and popular, which means you won’t have any trouble finding someone to play doubles with.

For a unique twist, you could also try pickleball. This fun sport combines the best elements of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton, making it a great choice for retirees. Bonus: Your kids and grandkids will love it too.

3. Yoga & Tai Chi

Ready to slow down and find some inner peace? If you Google “top hobbies for retirees,” you’re sure to see Asian-inspired activities like yoga, tai chi, and qi gong on the list.

Rather than giving you a cardio workout, these hobbies are designed to calm your mind and restore your energy. They’ll also improve your balance, circulation, and muscle control.

4. Gardening

Not all hobbies for seniors need to involve workouts or sports. Gardening, for example, offers a wealth of physical and mental health benefits.

Studies show that gardening boosts your mood, memory, and immune system. It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety. And if you grow your own herbs, fruits, or vegetables, you’ll gain another hobby on the side: cooking the results of your hard work.

5. Low-Impact Activities

Still looking for more ideas? Here are some other fun activities you might consider:

  • Bocce ball
  • Shuffleboard
  • Canoeing or kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Dancing
  • Swimming
  • Water aerobics
  • Cornhole toss
  • Horseshoes
  • Billiards

Check the calendar in your community to see which activities and classes are on offer. Who knows? Retirement could be the time when you discover a new hobby you’re passionate about!

Which Hobbies for Seniors Will You Try First?

This list of hobbies for senior citizens is just the tip of the iceberg. Ask any Florida retirees and they’re sure to offer dozens of other great ideas too.

Did you know that active adult communities like Solivita make it easy to enjoy these hobbies for seniors? Our beautiful neighborhoods are full of active adults who love to get together and maintain a lively retirement lifestyle.

Click here to learn more about our central Florida communities or (even better) give us a call at 407-308-2260 to set up a tour!