It’s a busy life for most of us. We live an on-the-go life – running from morning until night like the proverbial gerbil on its wheel. But compared to the lucky critter, we have to use our brains, make serious decisions and carry the world on our shoulders. We also must tend to our familial responsibilities while we meet deadlines, close serious deals and keep our head on straight despite the stress.
A vacation is actually a measurable health benefit. Those who have regular yearly vacations suffered less heart attacks and, in general, enjoyed greater heart health than those who stayed home. The stress reduction which comes from travel is immense. Its light hearted effects tend to last for weeks after returning to the heart straining environment.
It also helps keep you fit and far less likely to sit around watching TV while munching on chips. Strolling through cities, climbing stairs to famous landmarks, swimming in turquoise waters and diving are all part of many vacations. For the more adventurous, rock climbing and mountain climbing, kayaking white water rafting and more are certain to keep you fit and healthy.
The fresh air and happy, relaxed state of mind are a panacea for a healthy body. Combined with the intellectual stimuli one gets from encountering new cultures are certain to elevate your mind, broadening your view of the world. Speaking with local residents, experiencing ancient and modern art and architecture, may even inspire your creativity.
Cornell University and the US Travel Association along with Framingham Heart Association all concluded that regular travel prevented dementia, Alzheimer’s and many other age related diseases.
So get out there and travel – it’s the best for your mind, body and soul!