Cold weather can become harder to endure as we get older. The older we get the less likely it is that we’re out building snowmen and ice castles or sledding down a snowy hill. A slip on the ice is more likely to result in an injury and shoveling snow becomes too taxing. When you live in colder states or Canada the solution to these problems is an easy one for many retirees: seasonal living as snowbirds! There are many health benefits for seasonal living that beg the question: are snowbirds healthier? The short answer is, yes. Here are the ways that seasonal living improves health.

According to a 2010 study, enduring cold weather puts people at a greater risk of heart attack. Older people and those with previous coronary heart disease are more vulnerable to the effects of cold temperatures. Bundling up and cranking up the heat in your home can help but it’s not a long-term solution and it can be costly. Snowbirds live in warmer climates all year round, reducing their risk of weather-related heart issues.

 

As a snowbird, you escape the harsh climate of winter and that helps you avoid the hardships that come with ice and snow. You won’t have to worry about slips and falls on the ice, sketchy driving conditions, or plowing or shoveling. That alone makes for a healthier and more secure lifestyle.

 

 

The snowbird lifestyle also allows for increased recreational activity. For outdoor enthusiasts, it means the opportunity to stay healthier with more physical activity such as golf, tennis, and walking. With beautiful weather comes the ability to get outside and stay active. Warm weather is perfect for swimming and spending the day on the boat or beach. Of course, the health benefits of staying active all year round are tremendous compared to sitting inside during winter weather or, sitting inside due to the hot summers.

 

Becoming a snowbird brings with it a change of pace. You get to enjoy your favorites all year long and you’ll build relationships with the people you meet in each location. A sense of community and belonging is incredibly important and beneficial for mental health. Plus, a life of leisure provides a slower pace and reduces stress that promotes improved mental and physical health.

 

Another health benefit of snow-birding is that your homes in both locations are typically smaller or part of an association that will help take care of maintenance. This reduces stress and alleviates some of the strain and pain associated with yard work and home upkeep. You get the benefit of less responsibility without losing the independence and autonomy you get with owning a home. If you’re an owner at Travelers Country Club on the Mississippi, part of your independence includes the right to live in a community where you have some control over its operation.

 

 

These are all added health benefits that come with being a snowbird. With less risk from cold weather or extreme heat and the reduced stress, it’s easy to see why snowbirds are healthier.

We’re all familiar with snowbirds; seniors who travel north for the warm months and south during the colder months. But what does that lifestyle look like?

The snowbirds who call Traveler’s Country Club on the Mississippi their summer home have a variety of interests that keep them busy throughout the months they live here. These include: golf, swimming, Pickleball, tennis, basketball, fishing, hiking, bocce ball, campfires, quilting, reading and much much more. Our residents very active and like to keep busy and be productive.

Becoming a snowbird is cheaper and more affordable than you may think. It’s not only for the wealthy and can be well managed on a smaller budget. The beauty of it is you have the freedom to easily adjust your travel and living expenditures to meet your budget.

The snowbirds we know love community, whether it’s their northern home or southern winter retreat.  There are entire newspapers and magazines dedicated to keeping seasonal travelers informed and connected. There are even associations and groups that host events and activities to introduce like-minded people in a fun and inviting environment. We do all of this as well at Traveler’s to ensure everyone knows everyone to have a fun time.

While most snowbirds are baby boomers, an increasing amount of the younger generation is following the same path as snowbirds. However, they prefer to be called “winter visitors” instead.

Did you know, studies have shown that snowbirds enjoy overall better health than those who stay in one place all year round?  According to the study, more than 63 percent of snowbirds assessed their health as “very good” or excellent,” while people of the same demographic who stayed put for the winter reported less desirable health.

If you’d like to see how Travelers Country Club on the Mississippi could fit into your retirement plans, just give us a call at: 320-743-3133, email us at: tccomoffice@gmail.com, or check out our website at: www.travelerscconmiss.com.