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How Will You Stay Busy When You Retire?

Hey guys! I’m sorry for missing the past two days of challenge posts – my vacation has been great, but I’ve learned that I should have found the time before going away to schedule out the posts, or at least I should have given you a place to link up. I’m really sorry! Truthfully, my vacation was a bit of a last minute decision – hubby said “Hey… Wanna come down and spend a few days just with me in Boston and upper New York State before I head home from my training?”. We really needed the time together, and have greatly enjoyed not having our conversations repeatedly interrupted 🙂 That said, I now have a good 5 hours of riding in the car on our way home with a fully charged iPad and bluetooth keyboard, so I should be able to get those posts up for you (if the wifi at the service centres cooperate with me). Thank you to everyone who has continued on without me – you guys ROCK!

Today our topic is:

How will you stay busy when you retire?

As much as I look forward to reaching retirement age and having more time to do the things that I WANT to do, I don’t think I’ll ever fully retire. I doubt I’ll ever be able to NOT have regular commitments – I’d be bored out of my senile mind. That said, here’s what I see myself staying busy with:

  • Coaching – I’d love to spend my time coaching young athletes, maybe in running, or triathlon.
  • Personal Training – training my peers (aka other old people) to help them maintain a good quality of life – help them maintain strength, range of motion and BALANCE (loss of balance is actually a leading cause of death as it leads to debilitating falls and other injuries).
  • Spending time with my grandchildren – I hope to live close enough to spend lots of time with my grandchildren, though I doubt I’ll want to be their regular caregiver while my daughters work. I’d still want my freedom to coach and train. That doesn’t mean I won’t love them – it just means that like now, I’m a better caregiver when I also get some time for myself.
  • Swimming, Cycling and Running – I want to compete in Masters level triathlons.
  • Golfing – I love to golf (although I’m not that good at it) and so does my husband. We actually have a great time golfing together, and I can see us taking golf vacations all over the world.

All in all, I’d love to spend my life being and encouraging others to be active – no matter what their age is.

How will YOU stay busy when you retire?


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  • SheisonaRUN
    August 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I want to continue to work with children and teach them to be healthy and fit from a young age! http://sheisonarun.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/65-and-over/

  • Carrie
    August 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I am just embarking on a new career direction, so it’s hard to look forward to retirement. But, I’m with you in wanting to be active and inspire others to be active.


  • Cindy
    August 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Retirement? What retirement? 🙂


  • Clarinda
    August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    One word: TRAVEL!

  • Fancy Nancy
    August 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    My hubby would love for me to take up golf….I always say if I’m going to spend 4 hours doing something I need to burn significant calories…like marathon amounts…and not get weird tan lines!!

  • apkussma
    August 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t have a blog post for this one, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to participate!

    1.) I also think I could handle being a fitness professional if I didn’t ‘need’ the money to make a living. I’d want to get certified as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, but for some reason I’m not drawn to coaching… not sure why.
    2.) Travel. I hope we can be a travelling family, but I know there will be some places that having kids (even if they’re teenagers at some point) will make us miss. Empty nest will remedy that.
    3.) Writing. Beyond blogging (there might be some new thing by that point that replaces blogging), some more serious writing could fill up the time, and let me exercise my creative muscles.

    I hope I’ll still be doing everything else too, like cottaging, triathlon, social life, whatever. A long shot for me would be volunteering overseas with Engineers Without Borders (http://www.ewb.ca).

  • Tara Burner
    August 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I’ll be busy traveling and enjoying life…but hope to still be an inspiration to others

  • Erin
    August 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Totally forgot about golfing…haven’t done it since having my daughter 2.5 years ago 🙁

  • MizFit
    August 28, 2012 at 5:34 am


  • Lisa Runs for Cupcakes
    August 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

    My Hubby would be so excited if I picked up golf! It is just one of those things that frustrates me instead of being fun. Here are my retirement plans: http://lisarunsforcupcakes.blogspot.com/2012/08/august-challenge-day-27-retirement.html

  • Rosanna Soto-Luna
    August 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I’ve got a few of the same ones like golf on my list. 😀 I’m sure I’ll have more to keep busy with but this is in a ll things fitness related;

  • flowersofmoss
    August 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I’m behind too. Day 26: http://runliveconquer.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/day-26-and-more-eats/

    I want to travel everywhere I can when I retire! I’ve not gotten alot of opportunities in my earlier life, so I want to when I’ll have tons of time!

  • Cindy
    August 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I have done some volunteer work at retirement homes and job centres teaching computer skills and AutoCAD and maintaining computers. I plan on doing more of the same.

  • sheslosingit101
    August 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Those sound like good retirement plans. For me, I think the bikini competitions won’t really work for me at 84, so Ima be a Jedi Knight.




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