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It'Never To Late

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

The Benefits of Taking Up Hobbies as We Get Older


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As we journey through life, it is important to remember that age should never be a barrier to pursuing our passions. In fact, taking up hobbies as we get older can bring about a multitude of benefits that positively impact our overall well-being.


One of the key advantages of engaging in hobbies is the significant impact on our physical and mental health. Hobbies provide us with an opportunity for regular movement and exercise, which can contribute to increased flexibility, improved cardiovascular health, and enhanced strength. Moreover, hobbies offer mental stimulation that is particularly vital during retirement when cognitive abilities may naturally decline. By challenging ourselves with new activities and learning experiences, we can keep our minds sharp and agile.


Furthermore, hobbies have the power to foster social connections and combat feelings of isolation that may arise in later years. Engaging in group activities or joining clubs centered around shared interests allows us to meet like-minded individuals who share our passion. These social connections not only provide a sense of belonging but also create opportunities for meaningful friendships and support networks.


In addition to physical health benefits and social interactions, hobbies also have a profound impact on reducing stress and anxiety levels. Engrossing ourselves in activities we enjoy helps us disconnect from everyday worries and pressures. Whether it's painting, gardening, playing an instrument or any other hobby that brings joy - these moments of immersion allow us to find solace and relaxation.


In conclusion, embracing hobbies as we age brings forth numerous advantages for our well-being. From improving physical health to enhancing cognitive abilities, fostering social connections to reducing stress - the benefits are manifold. So let's remember that it's never too late to embark on new adventures or rediscover old passions because nurturing our interests can truly enrich our lives at any stage.


When I was a student at UNC-Wilmington, we had a class on the beach. Our professor was Dr. Gerald Shinn, one of the best professors in my life. In this class we had an 82 year old student, who went on to get a masters in counseling. It's never to late to challenge yourself!


Jim Kernodle M.Ed.




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