Tags: Anxiety | Depression | High Blood Pressure | vacations | health | stress | blood pressure

Research Confirms: Vacations Are Good for You

Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 07:47 AM

 

While you may not argue that a vacation can do you some good, now a small study backs you up.
 
Findings show that compared with people who continue working, vacationers sleep better, have lower blood pressure, and feel less stressed -- and some of these benefits linger after you return to the grind.

British tour operator Kuoni conducted its Holiday Health Experiment by recruiting 12 people living in the UK. All subjects underwent full health assessments and psychological tests and were asked to wear heart monitors. Half of the participants were sent on vacation to Thailand, Peru, or the Maldives, while the other half stayed at home, working their full-time jobs. Both groups were offered advice on lifestyle and health.

Two weeks after the vacationers returned, both groups had more medical and psychological tests and wore heart monitors for several days.

The study found that blood pressure among vacationers fell on average by 6 percent, compared with a 2 percent increase among those who stayed at home.

Sleep also improved by 17 percent among those who traveled, compared with a 14 percent drop in those who continued working. The holiday makers' ability to recover from stress improved by 29 percent, while that of the group who stayed at home deteriorated by 71 percent.

The holiday makers also saw decreases in blood glucose levels, reducing the risk of diabetes. Other perks of taking a vacation: improved body shape (losing weight around their middles), which may lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, and improved energy levels and moods, say the researchers.

© AFP/Relaxnews 2015

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Top Trainer's Step-by-Step Plan for Better Fitness

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 11:25 AM

The excitement and anticipation surrounding the upcoming Super Bowl may prompt some people to take up anew sport or up t . . .

Tide Turning in Ebola Fight After Hard Lessons

Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 15:16 PM

A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week  . . .

'Miracle' Vaccine, Drugs Will Soon Stop AIDS: Bill Gates

Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 10:18 AM

Two new tools to fight AIDS should be available by 2030 in the form of a vaccine and new intense drug treatments, ending . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved