Living a Life of Active Leisure After Retirement

How to Enjoy Life After Retirement

Retirement can seem overwhelming, especially when considering to-do’s like moving into a retirement community, planning for your future healthcare, and maintaining your autonomy. Active leisure should be incorporated into your retirement to enjoy a desired lifestyle. Below, we will go through everything you need to know about active leisure and how you can make the most of it to enjoy life after retirement.

What Does Active Leisure Mean?

First, it’s essential to understand the differences between passive and active leisure time. Passive leisure activities require little to no energy, such as sitting on the couch or reading in bed. Active leisure is often more engaging and can overlap with recreational activities since it usually requires both physical and mental energy. Having a healthy balance of active leisure can ensure an active retirement.

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The Three Types of Active Leisure

Social Leisure

Socializing with friends, community members, and new acquaintances is integral to social leisure. For example, you might explore the Lowcountry on a day trip, allowing you to socialize with people from all walks of life outside your community. It’s also possible to socialize with those in your own community—especially at Seafields! Becoming involved with community-led efforts and activities can foster meaningful relationships.

Cognitive Leisure

Playing chess, solving puzzles, or journaling are all examples of cognitive leisure activities. These activities are great ways to stretch your brain and even prevent dementia while enjoying time alone or with others.

Physical Leisure

One of the best ways to enjoy retirement is to stay active. Keeping your mind, body, and soul healthy is one of the hallmarks at Seafields. Participating in your favorite sport or taking on a new activity ensures that your body and mind remain active. Like at Seafields, many life plan communities offer wellness activities to keep your heart pumping and health in check.

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Now that you understand active leisure better let’s explore some of the activities you can engage in to enjoy an active retirement.

5 Ways to Spend Your Golden Years

The following active leisure activities and amenities can help you live a long and happy life filled with satisfaction and enjoyment.

1. Enjoy Your Favorite Sports

Keeping active during retirement is one of the most important aspects of enjoying your golden years. Seafields offers a variety of amenities that can satisfy the needs of any wellness fanatic. Golf enthusiasts love the Lowcountry because it’s the perfect place to play golf. At Seafields, your game will undoubtedly be improved with the spotless rolling greens on one of Kiawah Island’s impressive golf courses

South Carolina’s weather is mild year-round, so you can enjoy a quick (or long) game whenever you want. In addition to golf, racquet sports are also available. You will indeed find something that fits your fancy, from pickleball to tennis. Seafields also offers access to many paths and trails to explore for those who enjoy running and cycling. 

2. Get Proper Rest and Relaxation

If you’d rather spend your retirement more relaxed, check out the local spas or enjoy a nice dip in the pool. At Seafields, our residents enjoy our resort-style heated saltwater pool all year long. 

Discover the state-of-the-art yoga studio to connect with your inner self. You can conduct sessions either solo or in a group environment to achieve the perfect alignment of your chakras. 

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3. Pick Up a New Hobby

Taking up a new hobby can be just what you need to tap into your best self during retirement. The options are endless! You can pick up a new book or learn a new language. Listening to podcasts can be the perfect fix if you’re not much of a reader. You will not only be able to keep up with the latest current events but also gain access to new perspectives and conversations. By listening to podcasts, you can grow and mold your existing knowledge.

4. Try New Foods

Trying new things can be intimidating when relocating to a new community or entering a new phase of life. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be overwhelming at Seafields. Our location adjacent to Freshfields Village offers a wide selection of dining options.

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Trying new foods can be as simple as choosing one sandwich over another or experimenting with seafood for the first time. The wide selection of options will delight your taste buds and satisfy your hunger.

5. Focus on Your Wellness

Besides sports, there are plenty of ways for those who just like to exercise to stay active. In Life Plan Communities like Seafields, state-of-the-art wellness centers and recreation rooms are available.

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Enjoy Life After Retirement at Seafields at Kiawah Island

When choosing a senior living community, asking the right questions and looking for amenities that suit your lifestyle are essential. At Seafields, we aim to provide a seamless transition into an active lock-and-leave lifestyle. Our staff can readily assist you with your needs and provide the resources to enjoy retirement. 

Our life plan community offers 89 spacious independent living residences and a variety of floor plans. Moreover, our island location offers picturesque views that allow our residents to feel like they are on vacation every day. To learn more, reach out to us below!

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This post was originally published in January 2023 and refreshed in June 2024.