By Daniel Bernzweig
As we age, most of us gain more free time. We’ve retired from our jobs, raised our children, and now, finally, have the time to enjoy the things we’ve always wanted. While metal detecting is a fantastic hobby for any age, it’s ideal for geezers in particular. Let’s look at why.
Spending some of your free time outside is essential for good health and mental well-being. Metal detectors can only be used successfully outside! Not only that, you can go metal detecting at some of the most beautiful places including beaches, gardens, lakes, old homesites, and more.
Exercise is important at any age, but, as our bodies get on in years, they aren’t happy unless we can enjoy some activity. The walking required for metal detecting is fairly gentle and can usually be done by most senior citizens. If bending is an issue, find a partner for target recovery. The buddy system is always best with outings like these anyway.
Most of us have worked for quite some time and hobbies should be fun, not work. Metal detecting is just that! The thrill of the hunt, the excitement while cleaning and researching the finds; it’s priceless fun that’s good for the soul – and often the wallet too!
Local metal detecting groups can be found in most areas of the country, and around the world since metal detecting is such a nice hobby for enjoying with others. As we mentioned, the buddy system is important, but also, metal detecting provides the time to talk both about the hobby as well as other interests and events. That helps make metal detecting a nice way for geezers, specifically, to get out and spend time with others.
A Hobby to Enjoy With Grandchildren
Staying in touch with the various generations within a family isn’t always easy. A shared hobby can make all the difference, though. While metal detecting is an ideal hobby for seniors, it’s also great fun for kids ages 6-8 and up. Plus, your kids (the grandkids’ parents) will have fun with it too. And, having an activity you can all engage in while you catch up, enjoy nature, get some exercise, and maybe even find some treasure, is priceless for any family. For some great tips on selecting the best model, be sure to read the article entitled “Why Metal Detecting is the Perfect Hobby for Seniors”
As you can see, metal detecting really is a great hobby for geezers, their friends and families. To get started look for a metal detector that’s lightweight, and offers a hip mount so it’s more comfortable to operate. Depending on your interest level you can find machines that will operate in most locations that incorporate “set and go” controls. This enables beginners to get their machine, and head out to begin enjoying the hobby with hardly any learning curve. On the other hand, many enjoy purchasing a more technical model and “learning as they go” – and that’s fine too.
Overall, any metal detector is good for geezers—keeping in mind the locations you’ll be primarily searching in, the type of treasures you’re hoping to find, and your budget. Look for the best metal detector that meets your needs so you can head out to enjoy your new hobby and all its benefits.
Daniel Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.