15 Sep 2012

Changing Your Lifestyle In Retirement

Just making it to retirement is a huge achievement and most definitely something to celebrate, but a lot of people also view retirement as their cue to make a few big lifestyle changes. It is never too late to make positive changes in your life, and the following are some lifestyle changes that can help give you a huge boost in your retirement.

Move to a new place

One of the best ways to change your lifestyle in retirement is to make a big shift and move somewhere else, as there is nothing like a change of scenery to help change your perspective. Whether you find a nice Noosa property or invest in real estate on rainbow beach, changing where you live is a fantastic way to change your lifestyle as well, and there is no better time to do so than in retirement.

Improve your health

Moved to Noosa or some other idyllic destination? Great! Now that you don’t have to spend all your time working, make a positive change and start living a healthier lifestyle. Eating organic food, exercising regularly and even just making a point to be more social can add significantly to your quality of life, as well as add years to how long you live. Now that you are entering the final stretch of your life, you might as well make it a healthy one.

Take up a new hobby

Taking up a new hobby is a great way to change your lifestyle in retirement, because you will finally have the time to practise and get good at whatever your new hobby might be. A new hobby can help you to relax, meet new people, and even get a different perspective on life, and you might even uncover a hidden talent of yours.


Most people spend the majority of their working lives with their head down and just concentrating on work, which usually means very little time for things like big overseas trips. Now that you are retired and finally have a few less responsibilities, embrace that adventurous spirit of yours and head off to do some travelling. Whether you head off around Australia or the world, taking off on an adventure can be a great way to let loose and unwind following a long work career, and you just might decide you want to travel for the rest of your life.

Focus on your family

A lot of people find they are unable to spend as much time with their families as they’d like due to having to work so much, so when you finally get to retire, one fantastic lifestyle change to make is to focus far more on your family. This might be difficult if you’ve moved to a popular retirement location such as the Sunshine Coast while your family still lives in the city, but you should now have the money to arrange trips to see them more often. A busy career can mean years of hardly ever spending quality time with your partner, children or grandchildren, so change all that now that you finally have some time on your hands.

Treat yourself

If you have always been careful with your money and saved towards your retirement, now is your long awaited opportunity to spend and treat yourself. Being able to loosen those purse strings a little and spend freely for a change will be a marvellous lifestyle change, especially for someone who has never felt like they had the opportunity to do so before.

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