HOBBIES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.

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Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.

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WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

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The Bluegrass offers a great deal for residents and passers-through alike. Explore these opportunities in the unique landscape that is Lexington.


The Kentucky Theater

First opened in 1922, The Kentucky has been the premier cinema in Lexington for many years. With two main theaters, The Kentucky keeps films running throughout the day. These vary between new releases, art-house movies, independents and movies made by local filmmakers. The ornate designs in the theater, the old-style concessions booth and the friendly face of Fred Mills, longtime general manager of The Kentucky, all come together for an excellent film experience. www.kentuckytheater.com


The Red Mile

The Red Mile offers harness racing (trotters and pacers), simulcasting, a clubhouse with several dining options and all sorts of fun sidelines. If you’re visiting the Horse Capital of the World, the Red Mile is a must- see. It sits on the outskirts of the University of Kentucky’s campus. www.redmileky.com


The Kentucky Horse Park

Opened in 1978, the Kentucky Horse Park has become a favorite

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for tourists. A statue of Man o’ War, the Hall of Champions and the Walking Barn Tour are just some of the intriguing experiences you can have at this venue. You’ve come to Kentucky to see horses “up close and personal.” This is where it happens. www.kyhorsepark.com


Keeneland

Keeneland has two well-attended race meets, one in April and one in October. But the track also hosts many sales, races, simulcasts and other events. It has become a hotspot for weddings and corporate events. The picturesque track and grounds and the open stable area make for a lovely day of socializing, learning and maybe placing a few bets. www.keeneland.com


The Hunt-Morgan House

The Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation oversees the Hunt-Morgan House, located in Gratz Park in downtown Lexington. The house, which is open for tours throughout the week, features Civil War-era pieces. John Wesley Hunt and Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, both powerful and important figures not only in the landscape of antebellum Lexington but in the South as a whole, are the titular figures behind the Hunt-Morgan House.

www.bluegrasstrust.org/hunt-morgan.html.  

CHARLES SEBASTIAN

Charles Sebastian is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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