Often times, when someone is purchasing a home, one of the most important factors in their decision is the location and quality of life. As you decide where to settle down and spend your retirement years, you may be thinking the same thing. What are the benefits—particularly, what are the health benefits—of living in Phoenix, AZ? Is this the city you should settle in permanently and make your hometown? BridgeWater Assisted Living understands how important quality of life can be. That’s why we’ve outlined some of the major health benefits of living in Phoenix for you.
Did you know that bright, sunny days can actually make you happier? It may seem like a clear preference over rainy, dreary weather, but there’s actually a science behind it. That’s because sun exposure can increase your serotonin levels. Serotonin is a hormone that boosts mood and can make you feel calmer and more focused.
Likewise, a lack of sun exposure can lower your serotonin levels, putting you at greater risk for certain types of depression. Essentially, increasing your serotonin levels can help improve your mental health.
In addition to boosting serotonin levels, the sun also has the ability to boost the body’s vitamin D supply. This can actually improve your physical health. Vitamin D has an impact on bone health, with low levels potentially leading to osteoporosis. Sun exposure can also help with certain skin conditions, such as eczema. And while you should always wear sun protection to prevent skin cancer, sunlight can actually decrease your risk of other forms of cancer, such as pancreatic or prostate cancer.
That’s why basking in the Arizona sun can make you feel better both mentally and physically. Remember that song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” where Cyndi Lauper sings, “I want to be the one to walk in the sun”? One of the benefits of living in Phoenix is that you can!
As with sun exposure, living in a warm, dry climate can greatly benefit your health. For instance, warmer weather can decrease your risk of heart disease or heart attacks. Also, according to many organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warmer climates experience fewer fatalities than colder climates do, particularly when it comes to weather-related deaths.
There are a number of health conditions that can improve with desert living. All of this boils down to the fact that Phoenix, Arizona, is a great place to live to improve one’s overall physical and mental health.
Did we mention that our Midtown Phoenix campus also boasts beautiful mountain views? They’ll definitely lift your spirits as you breathe in the fresh mountain air that surrounds you.
If you’re still wondering about the health benefits of living in Phoenix and how it could benefit you, give us a call. We’ll be happy to take you on a tour of one of our campuses and show you everything that we and the desert lifestyle have to offer. Your future home awaits, and we’d love to show you firsthand all of its benefits.