Those of us looking for an excuse to escape the office and go on holiday now have the perfect reason – they may help you live longer!
According to a new study, regular holidays are actually really good for you! It turns out that people really do feel re-energised and healthier after flying to the USA, the Caribbean or some other relaxing destination for some much needed R&R.
According to a scientific study part-funded by Nuffield Health, holidays can help you reduce your blood pressure, improve sleep and manage stress better. Furthermore, taking a much needed break can reduce your blood-sugar levels, help you lose weight and increase your energy levels for several weeks after returning from holiday!
The Holiday Health Report 2013 took 12 carefully selected participants and tested their stress-resilience and general health. Half of the participants were then sent on Holiday to Thailand, Peru and the Maldives while the other half stayed at home. After two weeks, the lucky half of the group returned from holiday and both groups then went through more medical checks. The results from the testing showed that the average blood pressure of the group that were sent on holiday dropped 6 per cent while the other groups average blood pressure actually went up by 2 percent.
Scientists saw the same pattern of results in sleep quality, with the holiday goers seeing a 17 per cent improvement and recovery from stress, with the group improving 29 per cent on the stress-resilience test.
If the results of the test are still not convincing you to book a trip away, maybe the doctor’s orders will - medical director of wellbeing at Nuffield Health, Dr Lucy Goundry has stressed the importance of using up our holiday entitlement each year saying that she urges "everyone to ensure they plan their holidays carefully - working hard is important but so is taking time to rest and recuperate."