After you retire to begin your years of quiet senior living, you might find you have enough free time on your hands to pick up a hobby. Indeed, according to a survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, we tend not to have much room in our lives for leisure and recreation during our 20s, 30s and even 40s. 

So now that you have moved into your NSW lifestyle village and actually have some time to relax, what should you be doing? Here are some hobby ideas for you, and how to get started. If you want more ideas, you can visit our hobbies page.

Golf

Golf is a great way to keep fit, burn fat, improve your muscle endurance and provide you opportunities to meet friends both old and new.

Golf is a popular sport for elderly people. In fact, it is also very good for you, according to the Victoria government's Better Health Channel. Golf is a great way to keep fit, burn fat, improve your muscle endurance and provide you opportunities to meet friends both old and new.

-How to get started: Many golf courses around Australia offer equipment rental, one-off green fees (which let you onto the course) and even lessons. It's worth investigating the nearest course to you, taking a few lessons and seeing if you enjoy it. If you live at Sugar Valley Lifestyle Estate in Newcastle, the Sugar Valley Golf Club is right next door.

Genealogy

Genealogy is where you research your ancestry, constructing a diverse family tree that shows off each of your relatives back through time. As an older person, you may find it easier to begin this hobby, as you know more of your family than the younger generations may do. Indeed, genealogy website Find My Past even suggests young people talk to their elders to begin the research, which means you are a step ahead already.

-How to get started: Start by drawing a family tree of who you know, then interviewing these people to find out who they can remember. You can also use the National Archives of Australia to help you go back even further.

Photography

Modern cameras aren't complicated once you get to know them, and they can take some truly beautiful pictures. If you already go for regular walks, or have an eye for art, this could be a hobby worth taking up. If you can get your skills up, you could even try to sell some of your works to art galleries or postcard companies!

-How to get started: Start off small, with a lower-end camera. When you feel more confident, you can invest bigger. Alternatively, photography lessons are available in many locations, and could be a great introduction to the medium.

Top hobbies for seniors, and how to start