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10 Indoor Hobbies for Seniors that Benefit the Mind, Body and Soul

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Whether you are inside because of cold weather, limited mobility, or concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, finding new hobbies is essential to maintaining a healthy mind and body. Especially for aging adults, staying active is an integral part of overall health and wellness.

Just because you are inside doesn’t mean you have to succumb to boredom or television as your only outlet for entertainment. Thanks to the internet and videoconferencing technology, there are tons of ways to stay mentally, socially and physically active right in the comfort of your own home.

Don’t be afraid to try different things until you find the indoor hobbies that work for you and your lifestyle.

The Top 10 Indoor Hobbies for Seniors

Hobbies are not a one-size-fits-all thing. All seniors have different abilities, interests and talents. So finding the right hobby is not always easy. That’s why we’ve compiled 20 different options for you to consider. Remember, the goal is to find something that will enrich you mentally, physically and spiritually.

  1. Learn an instrument — This is many people’s lifelong goal, and it’s a great way to challenge yourself physically and mentally.
  2. Start cooking or baking — As you age, eating healthy becomes more and more important, so making healthy cooking a hobby is a win-win.
  3. Write — Whether for pleasure or as a keepsake to pass on to your children, writing is a great way to stimulate your mind.
  4. Start a reading list — Reading is a great way to keep your mind sharp and your soul nourished. Make a list and start reading.
  5. Knit or crochet — This relaxing hobby is a way for you to be creative while also giving yourself time to unwind.
  6. Seated exercise — Not all exercise has to be overly strenuous. If you’re new to working out, consider starting off with low-impact exercises.
  7. Art — From painting to sculpting, art is a great way to build emotional strength as well as express your individuality.
  8. Get virtual — There are many virtual book clubs, baking classes, trivia games and happy hours you can participate in from the comfort of your home.
  9. Garden — Even if you can’t get outdoors, you can spend time creating indoor herb gardens that are fun to tend and even better to eat.
  10. Games and puzzles — Challenge yourself or compete online with friends. Puzzles are a great way to keep the mind sharp and get social.

Just because you’re spending more time at home than usual doesn’t give you an excuse to be bored. Rekindle your passion for an old hobby or find new ones to explore. Just make sure you do your best to fill your time with activities that enrich you physically, mentally and emotionally.

Pursue a More Fulfilling Lifestyle at Heritage Senior Living

Boredom doesn’t have to be a common part of aging. The right senior living community can help you pursue a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle so you can stay independent for longer. At Heritage Senior Living, we offer nutritionally balanced cuisine, life-enriching programming, and amenities that make life easier. Learn more about our Wisconsin independent living community. Contact us today to schedule a tour.