Need a new excuse to hit the beach or get out of town? Perfect! Travel has been proven to improve your overall health and wellness. Taking control of your health is an integral part of living your life to the fullest. Improving your overall health and mood, travel just became that much more enticing.
Boost your Immune System
Believe it or not, traveling to different areas and countries is a great way to boost your immune system! Although it may take some time, by exposing you to new bacteria’s, travel boosts the strength of your antibodies. Antibodies are made to help find and kill off any harmful viruses or bacteria. So, the stronger the better! Different environments carry different bacteria’s that the native people are used to, but may be foreign to you. Being exposed to different bacteria and minor illnesses helps your body adapt. Now, don’t take this as a free pass to stop washing your hands. Practicing proper hygiene is still necessary no matter where you are. Beat those constant colds with a little traveling. Traveling more makes your immune system strong enough to fight off all kinds of bad bacteria!
Reduces Chance of a Heart Attack
Doing everything I your power to reduce the risk of a heart attack is something to take very seriously. With that said, why not lower your risk of having a heart attack by having some fun? According to the Global Coalition on Aging, travel has been linked to a decrease in the risk of heart attacks. One study found that as opposed to women who vacation at least twice a year has a significantly lower risk of having a heart attack than women who travel only every six years. In regards to men, they found that those who chose to skip out on their annual vacation had a 20 percent higher risk of death and 30 percent greater risk of death from heart disease than those who did go on an annual vacation. The reduction of stress felt while on vacation is a major part of why your risk for heart disease and heart attacks lowers significantly the more you travel.
Head to the Sea for Vitamin D
Believe it or not, traveling to the ocean might benefit more than just your mood. Salt water can and often is used as a medical remedy for many different health issues. Sometimes known as Thalassotherapy, using the ocean water as your medication, can improve things like Eczema (This I know form first-hand expertise). In addition, a little salt water can also help heal any small cuts or scrapes.
With the sun being our main source of vitamin D, it can be difficult to get a sufficient amount of vitamin D during the summer months. Hitting the beach during the winter months is sure to improve your vitamin D levels helping you feel more energized.
Travel Relieves Stress
Getting out of the office and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life can improve your stress immensely. Enjoying a stress-free vacation on the beach or country side will give you time to relax your mind and body. One study suggests that taking a vacation can improve stress levels for approximately 5 weeks after your vacation. Being able to have a few days to yourself without any set schedule is always a healthy idea.
While fitting exercise into your workday is often difficult, exercise is often the main part of your day while traveling! Don’t worry, you won’t be sitting in the gym all day. Whether you are hiking through the country side of Europe, walking along the beach, or walking your way through Disney World, you’re almost always getting some type of physical activity. Without thinking about it, you’re bettering your health and getting more physical activity than you may be getting at home; what’s not to love?
So, the next time you need a new reason to travel, just think about all the ways your health could benefit from your adventures!