Why does the phrase, “I’m going on vacation,” brighten our mood and suddenly dissolve all stress from our lives? Well it’s because taking a vacation every once in a while is actually good for your health. If you’re thinking this is the best news you’ve heard all day, it’s because it is. Start searching possible vacay destinations after you hear all the benefits that come with taking a little R&R.
Taking a vacation allows your body to replenish and repair itself. Laying on the beach, cozied up in a cabin, or gliding over the ocean can help lower your blood pressure and stress hormones. When these two factors are high, chronic stress can lead to an inability to resist infections, fatigue, and the feelings of being anxious and depression can set in.
Listen up ladies: Women who went on vacation less than once in the last 2 years were more likely to suffer from depression and high stress according to a study by Marshfield Clinic.
Along with having higher positivity levels and less depression, NPR reported that people who often went on vacations (1-2 times a year) have slimmer waistlines.
Why not combine the stress free environment of a vacation, and your fit and healthy lifestyle? Check out 5 Vacations for the Fitness-Obsessed and 9 Guilt Free Getaways that can help increase your health and wellness while you’re away from the stress of work.
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