Summer is on its way, and vacation plans are in full swing. Whether you spend a week away on a cruise or lounging on a sandy beach, seniors can benefit immensely from spending some time on or near the ocean. Here are all the reasons seniors should enjoy some fun in the sun this summer.

Sunshine is good for you
One thing you’ll get a lot of when lounging in the sand is the sun. According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, 41.6 percent of adults are Vitamin D-deficient. An easy way for seniors to get their daily dose of the vitamin is by exploring the great outdoors. Sunshine is a good source of Vitamin D, which is crucial for bone health and cell function, according to the NIH. Plus there is a certain allure of bringing your favorite book to read while lying in the sand or on a lounge seat on deck. Before heading outside, be sure to put on plenty of sunscreen to avoid sunburn.

Salt water and sand maintain skin health
Your skin will thank you if you take a dip in the ocean this summer. Salt water has numerous healing and anti-aging properties, according to the Huffington Post. Salt water can also lower stress levels because of the presence of a mineral called magnesium, which has been shown to have calming properties. Sand, as well, acts as a natural exfoliant and can help you get rid of your dead skin cells.

Rheumatoid arthritis patients can feel better
Those with rheumatoid arthritis can benefit from a trip to the beach, according to a different study published by the NIH. In the study, patients who were treated with warmed salts from the Dead Sea experienced fewer RA symptoms like morning stiffness and trouble with hand gripping. The effects lasted for about a month after the treatment was administered.

Senior activity has never been easier
Taking a walk on the beach or along the rail of a cruise liner is a great way to remain active and get sunshine while you’re on vacation. Remember to bring your sunscreen and walking shoes!

As you become more relaxed and settle into the sand during your nice beach vacation or cruise, your worries can fall away.

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