There’s no better time than the beginning of a new year to get a fresh start and focus on ways you can improve your future health and happiness. With a little motivation and planning, 2017 can be everything you want it to be.
Here’s a list of six retirement lifestyle boosters seniors should set as goals for 2017:
1. Start a New Hobby
Your retirement is a great time to start that hobby you’ve always wanted to explore. Whether it’s a DIY project or something physically active, a new hobby can unlock untapped skills. Whatever tickles your fancy, now is your chance to give it a go.
2. Find Your New Favorite Exercise
If prioritizing exercise was a challenge in 2016, it might be you haven’t found an activity you genuinely enjoy. But with so many great exercise options out there, you’re bound to find a healthy and fun way to spend your time. Whether it’s swimming, yoga, tai chi or barre class, don’t be afraid to try something new.
3. Volunteer for a Good Cause
Make 2017 your year of doing good in your community. Find a cause that speaks to your heart and figure out how you can volunteer your time. Most organizations are constantly seeking new volunteers and will likely be more than happy to have your help.
4. Go Somewhere You’ve Never Been
Time spent traveling is time well spent. If there’s a place you’ve always wanted to visit or a friend you’ve been meaning to go see, 2017 is the perfect year to do it. Find a travel buddy, do your research and pack your bags.
5. Learn Something New
Taking on a new challenge is good for your brain and good for your soul. For example, you could download a program to learn a foreign language, take a cooking class or try a creative activity. Not only is learning something new fulfilling, but it could lead to finding your new favorite hobby.
6. Build Your Retirement Plan
If you’re new to retirement in 2017 or planning to retire soon, creating a retirement plan is a good place to start. In addition to planning out your finances and meeting with a financial counselor, this is also a good time to plan out how you wish to spend your retirement — from where you’ll live, to how you’ll spend your time.
When it comes to 2017, the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone and take advantage of all the special opportunities your retirement can provide. With so many things retirees should do to improve their life, you can take control of your year and make it the best one yet.
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