Travelling is an important part of health – it’s adaptable to you, your needs, your dreams, your desires. Research continually shows that people who feel fulfilled are not only happier, but they also live longer! Mentally, physically and emotionally, you can gain a lot from packing your knockoff Louis V bags and visiting places you’ve never been. Here are my top tips on improving your mental and physical health through travel.
THE VITAL STATISTICS
Taking vacations can lower men’s risk of death by 21 percent and mortality from cardiovascular disease by 32 percent. So that’s definitely worth throwing your Avios at!
Vacationing improves your mood and reduces stress. It also can temporarily help boost productivity.
People who travel more frequently are more satisfied with their physical health and well-being.
Vacationing can increase creativity.
Students who have travelled abroad are nearly twice as likely as their home-bound peers to complete a college degree and report earning higher incomes, out-earning their peers by more than 40%.
Workers who take time off are more productive, have higher morale and are less likely to mentally “zone out” on the job. They also report less stress and burnout.
One-third of all leisure travellers say they have more sex while on vacation. Sex is a part of a healthy body too lads!
TOP 5 TRAVEL TIPS TO FEEL HEALTHIER
Expand Your Mind
Travelling allows the mind to expand and literally see the world in new and different ways. When we become accustomed to a certain way of living, our minds tend to become closed to many of life’s possibilities. What’s more, there are often language barriers and culture shocks when travelling. We can all learn a lesson in taking a deep breath, and not sweating the small stuff and even learn some of the lingo in doing so!
Become More Flexible
Although missing a connecting flight or losing baggage in a foreign airport is sure to boost your anxiety, travelling has been scientifically proven to lower stress levels through flexibility. No matter how rigid the travel plans may be, travelling always has an edge of unpredictability. For most travellers, it means that they need to allow time for spontaneity in their schedules. Travelling will force you to be more flexible, a great quality that will make life easier in the long run.
Put Things into Perspective
When we live in one place for years on end, seeing the same sights every day can impact the way we imagine the rest of the world. That is, until we see other cities or countries first hand. As humans, we naturally compare ourselves to others (especially in the social media age), but when we discover cultures and lifestyles that aren’t our own, we get a chance to break free of that habit and appreciate how other’s lives are different than our own. Putting things in perspective greatly helps in reducing any stress or depression that may be lingering in the body.
Try New Healthy Foods
Bin the fish and chips and opt for some Tap-ass! Travelling offers us the opportunity to leave our comfort zones and try local foods. This means that our body might be getting different nutrients than we are used to – adding an aspect of health to our travels. Failing that, you may be unlucky enough to pick-up a dodgy stomach from locally sourced food leading to a heavy splattering of the bowl! Think of the weight loss huns.
Be More Active
Most travelling either has an element of sightseeing, walking, hiking, or water sports (ooooh errr!). This means that you can be active while still immersing yourself in a new place. And lads, don’t forget that holiday sex should also boost your active (or vers bottom) lifestyles. So grab a Grindr shag to go!
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