August 22, 2012

Boca Raton’s Sub-Tropical Climate is Ideal for Outdoor Activities

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Situated between Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton is one of the finest small cities in America – during the winter season or all year long. Its welcoming climate, with the Atlantic beaches on one side and the Everglades on the other, offers a comfortable year-round setting for an active lifestyle for residents of all ages. Most residents of Boca Raton feel no matter how extreme the weather may be on any given day, it still beats living anywhere else. If you’re born here, you tend to remain here. If you move here from a colder climate, you usually don’t return to where you came from. The climate has always been Florida’s most important natural resource, which is reflected in its official nickname, the “Sunshine State.” Welcome to paradise!

Boca Raton is one of the finest small cities in America. Situated between Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, it offers a year-round setting for an active lifestyle for residents of all ages. Many people claim that it’s too humid because Southern Florida is a peninsula and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean supply Florida with much of its water vapor, and they prefer drier environments like Arizona, but the fact is humidity is good for your health. Sixty to 70% of an adult body is composed of water (up to 90% at birth). Moisture in and on your body helps to repel harmful germs.

Humidity is good for you. Humidity is a major factor to consider when you move to Florida, but that’s a good thing. Dry Air is one of the major causes of respiratory infections, nose bleeds and repeated winter colds. A lack of moisture can prevent your body’s immune system from repelling infection-causing germs, and can actually promote the growth of some bacteria, viruses, and respiratory irritants. Nosebleeds are common in dry climates and can occur when nasal membranes dry out, crust, and crack. Nasal problems also occur when household air becomes warm and dry from the use of heaters or wood-burning stoves. You have to drink fluids to remain hydrated, because between 60 to 70% of an adult body is composed of water (up to 90% at birth); and one of the most common health problems found throughout the world is dehydration. Without water, our bodies can literally dry up. Moisture in and on your body helps to repel harmful germs. The main function of skin is to act as a barrier to outside bacteria, and dry skin is a less effective barrier. Besides dry skin, other symptoms of dehydration include: chronic joint and muscle pain, raspy throat, sore eyes, and a lack of mental concentration. One of the major causes of respiratory infections during cold weather is inadequate humidification. A lack of humidity combined with the effects of stale heated air causes an increase of respiratory irritation as well. Heating your home in winter causes many people to experience repeated attacks of winter colds, which are actually caused by dry stale air. That’s reason enough to move to Florida (at least for the winter). That’s why humidity is important. And that leads us to perspiration.

Sweating is good for you. Southeast Florida is warm and mildly humid in the winter, and hot and humid in the summer, but it’s all relative. The summer months may bother some people, but you can still play golf and tennis in the morning, go to the pool or beach in the afternoon and out to dinner in the evening without any major discomfort at all. Of course you may sweat just walking from the parking lot to the supermarket, but consider yourself lucky. Many animals and most desert animals don’t sweat. Pigs, gazelles, hippos, elephants, and most birds do not have the ability to sweat. Dogs and cats have sweat glands in their feet. Dogs and birds can pant when it’s really hot, but humans sweat profusely – we were designed that way. Of course, in polite society men sweat and women merely perspire. Anyway, sweating is one of the best things that your body can do to help keep you healthy. Why is sweating good? Because it’s your body’s way of helping to keep your skin clean. Every day, toxins build up in your pores that need to be released. If they’re not, then your skin can break out and cause pimples, rashes and other skin infections. By sweating out these toxins, your skin stays cleaner and, over time, your skin will appear to look younger and healthier than ever. Sweat contains small amounts of antibiotics that can combat some of the bacteria that are found naturally on the skin.

Parks and Recreation is the name of the game in this wonderful climate. If you like to play outdoors, you’ll enjoy these active parks: Boca Isles, Boca Tierra, Hidden Lakes, Hughes, Lake Wyman, Rutherford, Meadows, Memorial, Patch Reef, Pine Breeze, Red Reef, Sand Pine, Silver Palm, South Beach, Spanish River, Sugar Sand, Sandalfoot Cove, South County, South Inlet, University Woodlands, Veterans Park, and nearby Morikami museum and Japanese Gardens. There are also indoor/outdoor activities at the Boca Raton Community Center, FAU Soccer Fields, and the Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Boca Raton is home to a number of popular ongoing cultural events, including Boca Bacchanal, Cinema in the Park, Spring Fling, Fabulous 4th, Allianz Championship (Golf), Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, and the Florida Renaissance Festival, as well as Boca’s shopping and dining delight, Mizner Park.

And for you spectators, four major league indoor/outdoor sports venues are less than an hour away: Miami Dolphins football, Florida Panthers hockey, Miami Heat basketball, and Florida Marlins baseball. Boca is also home to the Royal Palm Polo Sports Complex where you can watch some of the world’s top polo players compete. If moving to Southern Florida is part of your plans, whether for work or retirement, the climate is a major consideration. Florida is one of the warmest states during the winter. Its year-round sub-tropical climate, moderate rainfall, abundant sunshine, freshwater lakes, beautiful beaches, and escape from snow and ice all combine to make Boca Raton and its environs a mini-paradise and an ideal place to live. Yes, climate, dining and shopping, cultural attractions, wonderful active retirement communities, educational and business opportunities, great golf and beautiful beaches all add up to the fact that Boca Raton is a wonderful lifestyle just waiting for you to join in. Come on down and have fun.

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