Thinking of retiring somewhere warm and sunny? You are certainly not alone - states like Florida and Arizona as well as international destinations in the Caribbean and Central America are all popular among retirees. But why is this? Well, there are actually a number of reasons why moving to a warm locale can boost your health, especially when you get ready to retire, and we'll outline three of them here.

1. It's Easier On Your Heart And Lungs
Warmer weather is easier on your heart and respiratory system. The most common issue is simply that your body has to use up more energy in order to keep warm in colder weather, which puts a strain on these systems that can be deadly later in life. The most common issues that result from strain on these systems are heart attacks and strokes, but it can also result in high blood pressure and the irritation of the airways, causing shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing.

2. You Won't Need To Worry About Falling On Ice
Statistically speaking, death rates are higher in colder climates. One of the reasons for this is simple: snow and ice. When reaching retirement age, many people get very unsteady on their feet and so staying where there is snow and ice on the ground for a decent part of the year understandably increases the odds of falling and seriously hurting yourself. It also increases the risk of being involved in potentially deadly car accidents. Living in a warmer climate, you won't have to worry about ice on the sidewalks or snow on the roads as often, and that can bring some real peace of mind.

3. Increased Vitamin D Exposure
There are a number of things increased vitamin D, which you primarily absorb during sunshine, exposure does for your body, both inside and out. The cause is still not completely known, but there does appear to be some correlation between higher levels of vitamin D intake and lower instances of diseases like hypertension and depression, and certain cancers, like cancers of the prostate, breasts and colon. Vitamin D is also responsible for building and maintaining strong bones, which can be very important for older people, especially women suffering from osteoporosis.

If you do decide to move to a warmer location, it might be a good idea to do some research before you go. Look online, read reviews, and talk to realty professionals like those at Florida Lifestyle Realty, to find your perfect vacation home spot.

So as you can see, moving to a warm location has a lot of health benefits, for both the young and the old. So it's definitely something to consider, especially if retirement is on the horizon for you or you want to build up a stronger body throughout your life.

Author's Bio: 

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA.