One of the most common warm-weather pastimes is unwinding by the beach, and we understand why. The sights and sounds are relaxing, and you’re surrounded by people having fun. The benefits of visiting beaches extend beyond a good time. Research has consistently found that this has great health benefits for everyone, and especially older adults.
Benefits of Visiting Beaches – Vitamin D
A good dose of direct sunlight in the morning is necessary for vitamin D production that everyone needs. As older individuals tend to stay indoors more, it is likely their bodies aren’t generating as much vitamin D as they once used to. Thus, visiting the beach acts as a great way of having a blast with your loved ones while getting the nutrients you need from soaking up the sun. Not only is this nutrient crucial for the growth and development of teeth and bones, but vitamin D can also aid in fighting certain diseases and boosting your immune system. While basking in the sun has benefits for your body, remember to apply sunblock to your entire body, and bring umbrellas and hats for shade.
Benefits of Visiting Beaches – It Keeps You Active
From finding the best spot to lay your picnic mat on to playing with your loved ones in the water, visiting the beach gets you moving. The best part is, it barely feels like working out as you’re having so much fun. Walking along the beach is a better workout than walking on flat, paved concrete since you’ll be working harder to move through the sand, even if you’re walking at the same speed. As you know, swimming is one of the best workouts for the entire body since it requires more effort to move through the water. Getting in the water even up to your knees will guarantee a feel-good exercise without it feeling like an exercise.
Benefits of Visiting Beaches – It Takes Away from Screen Time
Most aging individuals prefer a sedentary lifestyle since it becomes more taxing on your body to be moving around so much. This means that they are more likely to be sitting in front of the television or tablet most of the time, which worsens one’s eyesight in the long run as well as attention span. Being at the beach means you’re less likely to be staring at screens, and you’ll definitely not be spending your time in front of a television or computer. This gives not only your eyes a relief, but your neck, back, and cognitive function as well. Getting away from screens for a few hours a day can even help you sleep more restfully during the night, which translates to more energy for your next adventure.
Why Choose Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh?
The sheer range of amenities and services we offer easily makes our senior living community the ideal destination among older individuals. Thanks to our dedicated Celebrations Activities and Events director, there is always an engaging and stimulating activity planned out for your loved ones within the community as well as outside during excursions or field trips.