For seniors who may not run around like they used to, getting outside in the Florida heat isn't always easy. However, even on hot, sunny days, seniors can enjoy the benefits of outdoor activity by walking barefoot in the grass or reading a book beneath their awning. Here’s a closer look at how outside time benefits the health of those enjoying their golden years.
Why Seniors Should Go Outside Every Day
1. Fresh Air & Sunshine
Sunshine have been shown to provide numerous health benefits. Studies show that just 30 minutes of daily sunshine boosts essential vitamin D production, increases melatonin levels for a more restful night's sleep, and helps counter inflammation, infection, cancer, and autoimmune disorders. Vitamin D is also vital for calcium production, which is especially vital for bone strength in aging adults.
Meanwhile, fresh air cleans the lungs, promotes healing, and can even lower blood pressure. Florida summers can take a lot out of you, but small doses of sunshine and some relaxation under the protection of an awning will do wonders for the body.
2. Refreshed Mental Health
Enjoying an afternoon walk through your flower garden or sipping lemonade with friends on the patio can provide mental stimulation while also reducing your stress levels.
That's because sunshine has been shown to boost serotonin levels. Seratonin is the hormone responsible for regulating your moods, happiness, and anxiety. While moderating your serotonin levels can make you feel focused, calm, and happier overall, seniors should enjoy the sunshine in moderation by wearing sunscreen of at least 30 SPF or sitting under an awning during the heat of the day.
3. Light Exercise
While safe and moderate exposure to sunshine provides a variety of advantages for seniors, it's not the only benefit of being outdoors. Seniors can also enjoy many of their favorite activities or take up a new hobby, such as gardening, bird watching, walking, or swimming. These activities are an excellent way for you to stay healthy, enhance strength, reduce stress, and stimulate the mind with a sense of accomplishment and pride.
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