During winter months we need some indoor retirement activities that we can enjoy to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Curling up by the fire with a good book is nice occasionally but staying in alone all of the time is not good for us.
There is plenty of evidence to show that those who have a good social life with friends and family tend to stay healthy longer and have a more positive outlook on life. So come on baby boomers find things that you enjoy doing and have some fun!
Dancing is one of those indoor retirement activities that you can enjoy at any age. There is a huge interest in people learning ballroom dancing thanks to the success of the T.V. Show Strictly Come Dancing. Don't worry if you haven't got a partner if you join a class you will usually find someone to dance with. It's a great way of meeting people and keeping fit.
Perhaps ballroom is not your style and you fancy a bit of Latin American, or Line Dancing. One of the most popular things at the moment that's advertised everywhere is Zumba. A form of keep fit session using dance steps.
Enquire at your local Library or watch out for adverts in your local newspaper.
If you enjoy bowling during the summer months there are lot of places that do indoor bowls. Your local bowling club will probably be able to point you in the right direction. Or go to bowlsclub.org website and find a club near to where you live.
Swimming is an excellent indoor retirement activity that can be enjoyed all year round. It's a great way to keep fit and healthy without putting any strain on the joints. It can prove particuarly beneficial to those with arthritis and other mobility problems.
If you don't fancy going to your local public swimming baths consider joining a local health club, a lot of Hotels now have their own health clubs and the membership fees are quite reasonable if you only want to swim.
If you belong to a club you will probably find that they do acqua aerobics which again is exercise that is gentle on the joints but great for keeping you in shape.
Keep fit classes come in all shapes and sizes, a bit like us really. You can have the really energetic aerobic classes or the zumba mentioned above or you can have the gentler but very effective pilates:
The background history of pilates is very interesting. Founded by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 20th century, pilates is based on the idea of controlling muscles through the mind.
Pilates created the system as a way to help veterans of World War I cope with stress, rehabilitate and restore their stability, both physical and emotional.
Joseph Pilates believed that breathing and balance were essential to good health and developed a system that focuses on these two principles. Read more here: www.ehow.com/about pilates-exercises
Another alternative is yoga. The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit. Read more about yoga here yoga.about.com.
Tai chi is another excellent way to keep fit. It's said that it builds strength and improves balance control. A recent report suggested that it could be particularly beneficial to elderly people whose eyesight is failing as it improves their balance and could help them avoid dangerous falls.
There are hundreds of organizations and clubs for just about every interest you could imagine so there is no excuse to be sat at home on your own.
Whatever interest you have whether it be:
you will find a club somewhere.
Sharing your interests with like minded people adds another dimension. There is always something new to learn and ideas to swap so be pro-active and participate. don't be alone.
Most local libaries will have information about local clubs and organizations and your local newspapers, and magazines are usually a good source of information too.
Of all the retirement activities to be enjoyed indoors, card games such as bridge and board games such as scrabble hold a certain appeal for lots of people who enjoy a quiet afternoon or evening with friends sharing their favourite game.
In my village there are two bridge groups that meet regularly. Scrabble fanatics tend also to get together.
I'm sure there are chess players and dominoe players that meet regularly near you. If you can't find a club then start one yourself. Put an advert in the local shop or Church magazine for other interested parties.