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Stay active and enrich your empty nest life with healthy habits.


Once the kids are out of the house and living on their own, couples often find it difficult to adjust to their empty nest.

Some couples find themselves in a rut, and have a hard time finding new ways to occupy their time. Luckily, there are many ways to stay active, physically and socially, which contributes better physical and mental health.

If you are in this situation and are looking to change things, here are a few ways to stay active and enrich your empty-nest life with healthy habits.


Getting physical.


enrich your empty nest life with healthy habits

From a physical standpoint, many couples find fulfillment in activities they can do together, like golf and tennis. These sports are also very social and can be played almost anywhere at certain times of the year.

Swimming can be great to get in shape, meet new people, and try new exercises as well. If you suffer from joint tightness, aches and pains, swimming is a great therapy to improve things.

Cycling has also gained in popularity in recent years. Though bikes can be expensive, the investment in physical health, more time in nature, and time together can be well worth it.

Any physical activity is important to keep up as you age since an active body will mean less health problems. According to most varicose vein treatment centers, more activity will mean better blood flow and reduce the risk of vein and circulation problems.


New hobbies.


Today there are a lot of social activities empty nesters are enjoying.

Many pick up a new skill or hobby, or you might even try out an old one you let go by the wayside. Water-color painting is popular among those looking for a therapeutic way to pass the time. Some take lessons in sewing, knitting, or other creative outlets.

Photography is also a common hobby among those who suddenly find free time on their hands and time to travel.

Finally, cooking is an adventurous hobby for any empty nester who will have mouths to feed at holidays and other special occasions.


Time for family.


For those empty nesters who have grandchildren or young children in their lives like nieces and nephews, some find babysitting a way to stay active and young and connect more with family.

This also helps young and growing families by giving them a much-needed break.

It’s a trade-off that allows empty nesters to feel valued and needed.




Travel is very popular among modern empty-nesters. Once the kids are away, travel is more convenient and logistically easier.

Far-off adventures can be expensive, but there are many ways to make it more affordable by planning in advance, looking ahead for deals, and joining travel groups that get discounted tickets to attractions and shows.

Joining a travel group is a great way to stay socially and physically active as well.


Book clubs.


Book clubs are popular among many couples. Some simply enjoy reading, while others enjoy the social aspect of the meetings and the stimulating conversation.

Starting and coordinating a book club can be hard work, but also very rewarding for both the host and participants. Your local library might have ideas and information you can check out as well.


Empty nesters should have a very positive outlook on their lives once they have more free time.

There are lots of ways to fill the time while learning a new skill, meeting and engaging with new friends, or simply seeing the world through travel.


Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.


This is one of my four blogs:

I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).

Feathering the Empty Nest is my 'baby' that I have been nurturing and building or four years - ever since taking medical retirement from my government job because of disability issues. As a result, general health and well being, and losing weight are a concern for me and are therefore topics covered here. I also discuss marriage, raising a family (especially military families like ours) including parenting teens,adult children (or, if you prefer - parenting young adults living at home) as well as parenting children of all ages.

Of course, I can't forget our lovable, furry family members. Pet ownership is wonderful - especially once our kids have moved out on their own, so there is discussion about responsible pet ownership and care. Lifestyle changes that come with raising a family, retirement, and health issues, in addition to how these affect other aspects of our lives such as housekeeping, cooking and shopping matter a great deal. Being the lazy housekeeper and indifferent cook that I am, learning how to save money while still eating well has meant finding easy cooking recipes, experimenting with online grocery shopping and sharing invaluable household hints and tips.Our home remains our castle, whether our kids live here or elsewhere and home ownership and renovations, diy home projects and repair tips and hints play a large role.

Weave all of this together with humorous stories of children, pets, family life, marriage and any other silly little thing I can think of, and you have 'Feathering the Empty Nest.'

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