What Baby Boomer hobbies are your favorite? Perhaps you are involved in arts and crafts. Or maybe you enjoy playing music. Then again, it might be that lazy day by the water or a hardcore day of pumping iron at the gym that is your fancy.
While there’s not a telltale method of determining the most popular baby boomer hobbies and activities, we took the time to cull some research from various web portals. The results were actually slightly astonishing, yet not too far off the beaten path. What follows are the top four we were able to derive from our research.
Hitting the Gym
Of the top baby boomer hobbies out there, we put hitting the gym or getting in some physical exercise near the top of the list. Most Americans over 50 have stated in recent polls that they have more energy and that they feel younger than they ever have. Top hobbies include: tennis, golf, jogging/running, swimming, aerobics, martial arts, yoga and even Iron Man, etching out the top slots in this list.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health/MetLife Foundation, volunteering is one of the more popular Baby Boomer hobbies, but not as popular as it used to be. The generation that came before the Baby Boomers was known as the “greatest generation” because of their civic mindedness. But, the study also said that baby boomers who started volunteering in their early 40s were likely to still be volunteering, which accounts for a lot of ‘boomers’ helping to give back.
According to an article that was published by Sperazza & Banerjee, being beachside is one of the most popular recreational baby boomer hobbies that exists. The most popular waterside adventures pursued, according to the report, include: beaches, lakes, boating, rafting, cruises, water sports, rivers and fishing. The desire to seek out waterside activities might explain why states like Florida and North Carolina are popular baby boomer hotspots.
Over 50 Dating
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 35 percent of boomers are divorced. Considering that baby boomers comprise roughly 70 million Americans, that’s a large number of daters that are on the market. Add to the fact that, thanks to online dating sites and smartphone apps, dating is now easier than ever before, it’s no wonder why more baby boomers are seeking love later in life.
What are your favorite hobbies? Make sure you let us know in the comments! —NiC staff.