There are many people who are getting ready for retirement and they are wondering what they are going to do with all of that free time. The answer is quite simple: Get a hobby.

Sitting around all day long, taking naps and watching The Price is Right is no way to go through retirement. What you need are hobbies that will keep you busy, entertained and active.

Hobbies are an important part of life no matter how old you happen to be. But hobbies become special upon retirement. Not only do hobbies divert your attention and give you enjoyment, but they also offer a host of benefits both mentally and physically.

You are probably familiar with some traditional hobbies that retirees enjoy including bird watching, gardening and shuffleboard. And while these are worthy hobbies to be sure, many retirees might want to skip these and go in an entirely different direction.

There are several hobbies that will engage your spirit, body and mind. These aren’t traditional hobbies, but they are both unique and quite satisfying. Goldberg and Associates, your elder law service in Atlanta, offers hobbies you should try when you retire.

Restore a Classic Car

Your very first ride was a 1967 Camaro with a 327 engine that purred like a kitten, it was your first true love.

You loved that car, but then you got married, had kids and had to sell it off to buy a station wagon. For the next 40 years, you would drive a string of dull cars including a minivan.

But now that you are retired, you don’t have to worry about driving a practical car that gets good gas mileage and that can seat four kids comfortably. You can now drive the car of your dreams. So go ahead and make room in the garage for that 1967 Camaro and start the restoring process.

Play the Guitar

Perhaps long ago, in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s, you dreamed about forming a band and becoming the next Beatles, Rolling Stones or Twisted Sister. You bought a guitar, but never took the lessons seriously and the guitar wound up in the back of a closet gathering dust.

Now you have a renewed interest in playing the guitar and the discipline to take lessons and practice. You can either dig up that guitar you bought all those years ago or invest in a new one and start taking lessons.

Now all you need to do is grow out your hair and think of a catchy name for your band.

Play Chess

People have been playing chess for thousands of years to fine-tune their critical thinking skills, abstract reasoning and concentration. There is no better way to spend an afternoon than by playing chess with a worthy opponent. Of course, you have to learn how to play chess first.

And if you cannot find a worthy opponent, you can get online and play chess with other players or a computer.

Learn a New Language

When learning a new language, you expand your mind and open up to new social interactions and adventures.

You might have an interest in learning a little more about your personal heritage. Perhaps you are of German descent and would love to speak the language. You might even have a trip to Germany planned once you have mastered the language.

Whatever language you decide to learn, the fun and possibilities are endless.

Martial Arts

It takes a lifetime to master most disciplines, but you can still learn a lot and enjoy the benefits of taking a martial arts class.

In addition to the obvious physical benefits you get by engaging in Karate, Judo or Jiu-Jitsu, martial arts also provides you with meditative qualities. Other benefits include increased flexibility, physical fitness and mental discipline.

This is a hobby that will have you feeling better about yourself, meeting new people and forming tight friendships.

Unique Destinations

Many of you would love to travel when you retire. This is nice, but some people want to travel to places other than Florida or Arizona.

In fact, some retirees would love to travel to exotic and exciting places like a wildlife refuge in Alaska. Whether you travel alone or with family, you will take great pleasure in visiting places you may not have even heard of before.

Coaching

While your fastball doesn’t have quite as much zing on it as it did years ago, you could still be a valuable asset to a local little league baseball team. Teaching kids what you know about a sport through coaching is both fun and rewarding. Coaching keeps retirees connected to something they love and enables them to pass their experience to a new generation.

When you get the chance after baseball practice, schedule an appointment with Goldberg and Associates to go over your estate plan.