Yes, you read that correctly. Taking time off work and enjoying a vacation is actually good for your health. Most Americans are given paid time off by the companies they work for, but many don’t take off all of the days they are given, if they take any at all. Why give up something so fun, enjoyable and enriching that is ALSO good for you? Here are some reasons why you definitely should take that vacation you’ve been thinking about booking.
“An annual vacation can cut a person’s risk of heart attack by 50 percent,“
– Allerton, H. E. (2003) Not Funny Ha Ha Funny peculiar. T D; Vol. 57 Issue 12, p87-88, 2p
Vacations help lower levels of stress and anxiety which simultaneously boosts physical and mental health. According to the 20 year-long Framingham Heart Study, researchers found that women who only took vacations once every six years or less were nearly eight times more likely to have a heart attack or to develop coronary heart disease than women who took at least two vacations per year.
“If you have a job that’s very creative and you don’t take time off, you hit a wall and you need a change,“
– What Are the Benefits of Taking a Vacation?, USA Today
Leisure activities, such as vacations, contribute to more positive emotions, fewer negative feelings, and lower levels of depression. According to a study done at Radboud University Nijmegen that studied the effects of vacations lasting two weeks or more, it was found that people felt less tense and healthier while on vacation. Furthermore, they had high energy levels and generally felt a high level of life satisfaction, making it easier to persevere through busy, long work days.
“Women who take more vacations are more satisfied with their marriages,”
– Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin Medical Journal
That may be because at least four out of ten travelers feel more romantic on vacation. Additionally, families who go on vacations together tend to have tighter bonds because of the relationships built through shared experiences, “escaping” and relaxing, and experiential learning, all of which contribute to a positive state of mind and strong relationships.
You’re able to get moving! One of the greatest benefits of traveling is the amount of movement that you do. You are constantly on the go, whether you are flying somewhere, driving somewhere, or even embarking on a cruise. With all of the sights to see and things to do, weight loss, a healthy heart, healthy lungs, improved blood pressure and lower risk of cholesterol problems
Although you will have days full of walking city tours and adventuring from attraction to attraction, if you are on a cruise, there will be days where you will be stuck on the ship while at sea. The ship will likely have at least one swimming pool and is sure to have an exercise room with state of the art equipment. While most people don’t really want to face the gym while on vacation, you are in fact paying for the luxuries of the fitness equipment, so why not take advantage and get your money’s worth?