For anyone that has spent time on a beach or by the coast, it is easy to see why so many people choose to live near the water. Not only is life by the water beautiful and inviting, it can provide seniors with a wide range of mental and physical health benefits as well. Many people like the water because they feel a certain amount of peace and tranquility there. Others enjoy the water because they are interested in water sports like boating and fishing. Whatever the case, at The Cypress of Hilton Head Island, we love that our members get to experience so many of these benefits firsthand.
Top 4 Reasons to Live Near the Water
1. Lots of Sunshine
Exposure to sunshine can instantly boost your energy levels and helps your skin to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that helps with the absorption of calcium, something that is very important for everyone from teens to seniors. Because Vitamin D is only found naturally in a few different foods, it can be hard get a healthy amount based on your eating habits alone. By just spending a few minutes a day in the sunlight as you enjoy living so close to the water, you can get a healthy dose of Vitamin D and prevent the onset of osteoporosis. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
2. Fresh Sea Air
Did you know that sea air is charged with healthy negative ions? These negative ions are ideal for helping your body absorb more oxygen, improve your overall level of alertness and balance serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a happy chemical that has been shown to improve your mood and reduce stress. This is just one of the reasons beach vacationers tend to head back home feeling relaxed and refreshed. For those who are lucky to live in this type of environment year-round, the sea air helps to contribute to a more relaxed and carefree lifestyle.
3. Better Sleep
Living so near the water can also have a positive effect on how well you sleep and the amount of sleep you get each night. The combination of breathing in the fresh sea air mixed with the calming sounds of the water is enough to lull anyone into a deeper sleep state. The benefits of longer, more restful amounts of sleep are seemingly endless. When you sleep better, you will enjoy a boost to your immune system, reduce stress and feel more energized throughout the day. If you have struggled with sleeping and relaxation in the past, making a move closer to the water may be in your best interest.
4. Increased Immune Function
In addition to making it easier to relax and reduce your stress levels, living near the sea will also have a positive effect on your immune system. Stress is one of the biggest contributors to anxiety, depression, insomnia and illness. The adrenaline that the body releases during a stress response has been linked to ulcers, increased heart rate and high blood pressure, which can have an effect your immune system. For seniors who may already be living with a heart condition or other illness, living near the water is a natural way to help your body heal.
Live Near the Water at The Cypress of Hilton Head Island
Research has shown that there are many great health and wellness benefits of living near the sea. Want to learn more about life here at our award-winning continuing care retirement community? For more information about becoming a member or to schedule a tour, visit our friendly team online today.