Nobody knows what retirement will be like until they get there. In this article, mention is made of options you could consider doing before you retire. This will assist you when you are planning to remain active in retirement. Rather than phoning a friend, we suggest that you spend time with one, or a family who has recently retired. Find out how their lifestyle has changed and how they have had to adjust to meet this change. Also, discuss what they do that keeps them active and busy. Ask them for tips, or advice, which could assist you.

Rekindle Old Hobbies or Start New Ones

What did you love to do as a kid but have not had time for as an adult?

What have you always wanted to try?

Start/revive that hobby now. Some hobbies, such as photography or skiing, incur initial cost in equipment and lessons. It might be a good idea to make that financial commitment while you have a high salary (before you retire).

Remember, you also enjoy life more when you are following your passions.

Consider the Possibility of Joining a Retirement Organisation

In this newsletter, we provide information on a few retirement organisations and it could be worthwhile to find out the retirement organisations that operate in your area. Thereafter examine any which may appeal to you and enquire before you retire when they meet and what are their main activities are.

The Benefits of Having an Active Lifestyle

Some people are planning ahead for their physical fitness in retirement just like they plan for their financial fitness, If you start a few years before retirement, says James Hill, executive director of the the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, Colo., you will be ready to go when you do retire; most people can make a lot of progress toward getting in better shape in a matter of a few months.

“We are getting more and more people coming to us to prepare for an active life in retirement,” says Hill, co-author of “State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism and Drop 20 Pounds in 8 Weeks on the Colorado Diet”.(From  “Retirement – the pay-off of an active lifestyle”. USA Today www.usatoday.com)

Now is the time to start considering other activities you may wish to enjoy in retirement. In most cases you find that you will have more time on your hands and you alone can fill those spare hours – nobody else can.

I hope to have provided a few suggestions, there are many more. It is really a case of you deciding which one suits you.