With aging, you may find yourself losing mobility, energy, or motivation to head outside. However, staying indoors doesn’t mean that you have to sit around and get bored. There are plenty of interesting and fun activities that you can do to entertain yourself or enrich your life. Especially with the help of technology, your options for fun indoor activities are endless. In this article, we have come up with five fun indoor activities for seniors to try out and enjoy.
Listen to Music
Who doesn’t love listening to music? With music streaming services like Spotify or YouTube Music, you have an endless database of music at your fingertips. You can start by finding your favorite music and creating a playlist especially for it. You can even customize your playlist according to the type of music you want to listen to. If you want to discover new songs, most music streaming services have an algorithm to analyze the type of music you often listen to and recommend songs that you will most definitely like. You can even rediscover long-lost songs that you love through music recognition programs like Shazam or lyric websites like Genius.
When you hear exercise, you might typically think of outdoor activities like jogging or playing tennis. Now with technological advances, many indoor options are just as healthy for you. You can go onto YouTube to search for workout videos that fit your needs and guide you through. Start with something more low-impact and less strenuous, try out yoga, Zumba, or dance workouts. You can also get home workout equipment like ellipticals, treadmills, and exercise bikes to help out with exercising. Make sure you can keep up so you won’t hurt yourself in the process.
Playing games is a great way to eliminate boredom, stimulate your mind, and connect with others. You can choose from a variety of games including physical games like board or card games, or digital games like mobile or video games. Engaging in such gameplay will promote cognitive stimulation which is important for your psychological and mental health. According to the National Institute on Aging, playing three-dimensional games can provide older adults with novel experiences and thus prevent cognitive decline.
Learn a New Skill
Being in retirement finally allows you to do whatever you wanted that you couldn’t while working. Now’s your chance to indulge in your hobbies or even pick up a new skill. Arts and craft is a fun category of hobbies that can include knitting, painting, pottery, and many more. You can even learn a new language through apps like Duolingo and Babbel. Maybe pick up cooking or baking if you’ve never tried it before and if you already do them, find new recipes to try out. There are endless new hobbies and skills to learn now that you have all the time to try them. If starting a new hobby seems daunting, you can look up easy-to-follow tutorials online for any hobby imaginable. With learning a new skill, you can improve on yourself and get tangible rewards for it.