Now that you are over 50, it is the perfect time to start a new hobby, or two or three. I’m sure there are tons of things you have always wanted to do but didn’t have time because of work and family commitments. Now that you are in your prime, here are some hobbies to consider.
Antiquing – Many men like going to antique shops every weekend and finding the best deals. Look for that toy you used to have as a child and chances are, it is worth a lot of money now.
Reading – Get that library you’ve always wanted and start reading. Join a book club and don’t worry if it is mostly women. They will love to have you and hear your male perspective on the readings.
Writing – You have some good experience now that you need to share. Whether it be fiction or non-fiction, take up the craft of writing and you will leave a great legacy behind.
Gardening – Those patches of dirt in the back yard? Time to make them shine with roses, vegetables, or sunflowers. Gardening is a great over 50 hobby because you are outside being active and you have fruits of labor to share when you are finished.
Hiking – Hiking can be as low impact or as high impact as you want. Find some good trails that feet your physical activity level and build from there.
Bouldering – Bouldering is one step below rock climbing, but it’s a great activity to keep in shape.
Flipping Items – Buy low and sell high when you find items at yard sales, thrift stores, and estate sales and flip them for a profit on sites like eBay and Craigslist.
Volunteering – This is a great hobby that allows you to give back.
Swimming – Whether you have your own pool or you head to the local rec center, swimming is a great full-body activity to keep you in shape.
Golfing – This is one of the most popular hobbies for men over 50, as golf is fun and gets you out in nature. Plus, you get to wear all those cool clothes.
Biking – Buy a recumbent bike, a tricked-out trike, or a 10 speed and feel the open air on your skin.
Shooting – Either bows and arrows or guns, shooting keeps your mind sharp.
Geocaching – This combines hiking with a love for the hunt. Find geocaches that other people have left behind and leave a few of your own as well.
Running – Running is an easy hobby to start because you just need some good sneakers and space to run. Do some research on how to have proper form to avoid injuries.
CrossFit – CrossFit isn’t just about flipping tires. It is adaptable to any fitness level and it’s a great way to stay fit. Take a look at Tim McGraw who does CrossFit regularly to see what I mean.
Learn a Musical Instrument – Have you always wanted to play the guitar, drums, or piano? Now is the time to learn. Get a tutor or you can learn from a program online.
Learn a New Language – Keep your brain cells pumping by learning a new language. Immerse yourself in the culture if you can by booking a trip and learning while you live.
Fishing – There is nothing quite as zen as fishing – cool water, the sounds of birds and insects around you, while you wait for that big bite from a bass. Or maybe ocean fishing is more your speed?
Painting – Any creative endeavor like painting is a great hobby. You can take a class at the local community college or senior center and even sell your art for extra money.
Over 50 Team Sports – Join a basketball, baseball, or volleyball team and relive some of your old glory days in sports.
Whichever hobby you decide to take up after 50, do it with gusto and really try to become an expert in it. Your very best days are still ahead of you!