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Puttering Around Is Good For You


During my first years living in an Active Adult Community, I have been focusing on enjoying the wonderful activities being offered, taking in as much as I can. I have found the answer to the question many people have a problem with “What is there to do in retirement?”.

Besides enjoying the activities, I was recently reminded that puttering around is part of retirement that people really like. During the virus lock down, many more have discovered this.

Definition of “Puttering Around”. to do little things of little consequence. to do small tasks in a random sequence in a casual manner at your will. Aimless behavior.

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Before the virus, I asked a new friend at our active adult community, what activities do you do? I am used to hearing at least two or three activities mentioned when I ask that question, but my new friend had a different reply.

He said I get up when I feel like it, maybe check the news, eat some breakfast, check on the stock market, that sort of thing. Pretty soon it is lunch time.  In afternoon I “putter around” the house and like to do some things in the yard to get outside. About 3:30pm each afternoon I put 3 beers in the fridge and about 4pm I start on the first one. By 6pm I am finished for the day.

You know I am always spotlighting the benefits and ways activities can help you, but I can’t fault a guy for doing what he wants in retirement. People at work are not saying “Yeah!”

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Why Puttering Around Is So Rewarding

We never got to “putter around” too much at work did we.  We had to remind ourselves to quit puttering around to get stuff done or the boss would notice or our jobs wouldn’t get completed.

Puttering around can be rewarding, pleasurable and even Zen like. You live in the moment and lose your thinking mind for a while, enjoying your observations and activities. Kind of nice for a change!

I suspect with the virus stay at home we have gone through, as  much as we have complained  about having to stay home, we have developed some puttering around routines that will stay with us.

No Rushing Our Morning Routine

After having to go to work at 8am every day, rain or shine, whether you felt like it or not, we retirees like to take our time, taking on the day. There is nothing like getting up without an alarm clock, having a cup of coffee, checking the TV news or Internet, having some breakfast, going to the bathroom, checking your calendar, and finally think about getting ready.

Speaking of getting ready, the bathroom routine is reportedly taking longer for both women and now men, who now take their time to groom,  put on lotion and are just taking longer in the bathroom getting ready.

The key to all the above is not being rushed. Retirees don’t particularly like to be anywhere before, say, 10:30am. We want to take our time getting ready and the last thing we want to do is get stuck in traffic!

Other Ways to Puttering Around

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Puttering around the patio. In the mornings, I like to go out on my patio, sometimes with a cup  of coffee, and admire the morning sky, see the clouds and what the weather is like. Then see how my flowers are doing and give them a drink of water. Herb gardens are a great way to putter around with too.

Talking a morning walk is a routine my wife and I have enjoyed during the virus stay at home.  We walk around our neighborhood and stop and talk  with neighbors.

Car maintenance, DIY projects around the house, shopping trips, flea markets and yard maintenance are more examples. Puttering around Main Street of nearby small towns, visiting some stores and maybe having lunch is fun thing to do.

Surfacing the Internet or TV Channels is not puttering around because you are not moving. A key difference.

Puttering Around Good For Your Health

There is an article that actually says there are health benefits to puttering around.  The study quoted found that independent of “formal” exercise, such as gym-based workouts, people who had an active daily life — including such non-exercise physical activities as gardening, car maintenance, blackberry picking or DIY projects — had a 30 percent lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke than people who were sedentary.

When you get up and do something, anything, you are moving which is the key. Add in some walking around our beautiful community and there’s a plan.

Puttering around and some walking is much better than sitting in front of the TV or Internet all day.

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So now in retirement, you may allow yourself the luxury of just puttering around once in a while. You are the captain of your ship now.

There are too many great things to do at our Active 55+ Community to spend all our time puttering around, but some puttering around is good for you.

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Activities is the Answer

I took the photo on top of this post on July 4th. It is at the end of our Pickleball Tournament at our Del Webb Community Village at Deaton Creek and the presentation of the tournament fees and donations to our Veterans Club to be distributed to four local disabled veterans.

The activity helped in a small way to support our veterans and we feel good about that.

Activities at a Del Webb Community and any Active Adult Community are the heart and key to what it’s all about. I realize we are in a restrained situation right now with social distancing, but the goal is to return to group activities as soon as it’s safe. We sure do miss them!

Activities on the surface, as we all know, help keep us active, therefore in better health. They help stem the tide of aging a little bit, at least give us a better quality of life while we are still around.

But another powerful purpose of activities, especially in an Active Adult Community, is to put you in contact on a regular basis with others that share your same interest and passions.

Like the pickleball group I joined of newbies (new players) taking lessons.  We met each week to take lessons and play a few games.  We cheered each other along in the tournament yesterday, then four of us when out to lunch. Over lunch we learned a little more about each other.  We enjoyed the time together so much we decided to keep this going by scheduling 7pm each Thursday to get together to play Pickleball. We will keep going to the Saturday classes but Thursdays on the schedule is for us.

This is how activities, besides being fun and good for you, introduce you to new friends. We are all new to pickleball because we found out we are all new to this community. This fact plus the love of playing Pickleball are the basis of possible friendships.

I have seen the exact same pattern with people enjoying other activities here. This is why we moved here.

You really don’t need a lot of regular activities, two or three will more than serve your needs.

Indeed, activities is the answer to a happy and satisfying retirement!