Did you know that there’s an all-natural remedy to improve your mood, boost your immune system, and allow you to feel freshly invigorated? That’s right, being outdoors comes with many benefits for seniors. Although eating supplements can give you some of the same benefits, wouldn’t you rather be basking in the sunshine and getting in some much-needed physical activity at the same time? In this article, we share with you some benefits of being outside.
Improve Mood and Energy Levels
As we age, it’s normal to experience a drop in energy levels. One way to get your energy levels back up is to spend some more time outside. Studies have found that spending time in nature is related to higher energy levels, greater feelings of vitality, and increased resistance to illnesses! There’s no reason you need to be idle in your retirement years – get out there and enjoy the sunshine on a good day!
Encourage Physical Activity
Too many of us fall into the trap of becoming sedentary when we spend too much time at home. Sure, there are exercises that can be completed from home, but how many of us really possess the dedication to do them regularly? When you get outdoors, you don’t need much encouragement to keep strolling and enjoying the beautiful natural views your neighborhood has to offer. Brisk walking gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing, allowing you to keep fit and active.
In addition, if you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, physical activity can help. Did you know that when you exercise, you are more likely to have a restful sleep when you go to bed? You’ll wake up the next day ready to take on the world!
Promote Socialization and Enhance Relationships
We all know that socializing is crucial to holistic health. When you are stuck indoors all day, there are few opportunities for socialization. Getting out and about will allow you to participate in classes and activities you enjoy, meet new people, and spend quality bonding time with loved ones. What can be better than that?
Get Your Natural Dose of Vitamin D
Exposure to sunlight gives us a healthy dose of Vitamin D – and while you can get the same from supplements, the same cannot be said for your mental health! Vitamin D has been associated with a lower risk of heart diseases, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer. When you spend time outdoors, you can boost your immune system and get your natural dose of Vitamin D all at once.
Make The Move to A Senior Living Community with Plenty of Recreational Opportunities
If you find that you have little opportunity to keep fit and active while aging in place, why not make the move to a senior living community? Discovery Commons At Bradenton offers a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities for our residents, including regularly scheduled trips to area attractions. Our residents also benefit from a comprehensive health & wellness program that focuses on all aspects of health.