Are you a snow-lover, or a beach-bum?
There’s lots of reasons you may prefer warmer weather over the cold. But one thing you may not have thought about is how the weather where you live affects your body.
As it turns out, climate and temperature can have a big impact on your health.
And while you may have your own preferences, the facts are clear: there’s lots of health benefits to living in warm weather.
So pack up your parka, step outside, and let the sunshine in.
5 Benefits of Living in Warm Weather
1. Get More Sunlight
And even though Vitamin D is so important for your health, researchers at Central Washington University claim that 77% of people are vitamin D deficient because they don’t get enough sunlight.
If you’re locked up most of the year indoors because of cold temperature, ice and snow, it may be time to consider a move somewhere with more sunshine. Just remember to get a moderate amount, because getting too much sunlight can be harmful as well.
Related Article: Why You Need More Sunlight: The Benefits of Vitamin D
2. Be Physical
Let’s face it – you’re probably more motivated to exercise, or just get up and go, when it’s nice outside. The couch and TV just look a little less appealing when the sun is shining through on a clear day. And research backs this up.
One research study showed that teenagers are more active in the summertime and less active in winter. In a region with warm weather year-round, exercise and physical activity become the norm.
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3. Improve Your Memory
Research shows that your overall alertness & mental performance is at its best when your body temperature is high. Staying warm in nice weather helps keep you alert and improves your memory.
And sure, you can keep your body temperature up regardless of the temperature outside, but it’s a lot easier when you don’t have to wear 7 layers just to stay warm.
4. Warm Weather is Safer
Studies have shown that death rates are higher in cold climates. People who have easy access to heat & good housing may not be as affected, but for those who are struggling, the winter & cold weather could be a killer.
5. It’s Better for Your Heart & Lungs.
Cold weather can have a negative impact on your health, especially your heart and respiratory system. When your body works to regulate heat, your blood pressure can increase to unhealthy levels, causing long-term damage.
There’s more to living in a warm area than just getting the benefit of a healthy tan. Warmth and sunlight can offer real benefit to your health. From improved heart and lung health, to enhanced mental performance, living in a warm climate may give you just the health boost you need.
Photo by Paloika
Originally published 8/13 and updated 11/14.