Want to boost your health? Take a vacation!

Want to boost your health? Take a vacation!

Having just returned from a blissful vacation in Iceland, France and Italy, I’m feeling re-energized, content, and grateful for the many blessings in my life… my health included. Without it, I’d never have withstood hours of hiking in Cinque Terre, hours of walking in Paris each day, or for that matter, long waits in airports and the hauling of heavy bags off of buses, trains, planes, and in and out of taxis.
There are many proven benefits to taking a vacation — so whether you go abroad or use your vacation days for a restful ‘staycation,’ do it — you’ll be glad you did.
  1. Taking a vacation is a great way to take a vacation from stress and anxiety — and may bring an entirely fresh perspective to the worries you have.
  2. A vacation can boost the physical and mental health of each member of the family – we tend to be more active on vacation.
  3. An annual vacation is linked to a decrease in heart disease in both men and women. Less stress and more activity do wonders for our health!
  4. Vacations contribute to positive emotions, fewer negative feelings and reduced incidence of depression.
  5. Vacations boost productivity! Ernst & Young conducted a study of its employees and found that, for each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8 percent, and that high-level professionals who took time time off were significantly more productive overall than those who spent more time working.
  6. People who vacation for longer than two weeks generally report increased levels of energy and greater levels of contentment with life in general.
  7. Travel brings us closer to those we enjoy it with. I cherished my vacation time with my two teenage daughters this summer, knowing that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to coordinate our schedules and to find this time together.
  8. Fun! Fun isn’t frivolous, it’s necessary. Vacations remind us to take time out for ourselves, to spend with others, and to engage in the activities we enjoy most.

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A marketing communications professional with over 25 years of experience; a former personal trainer; and a fitness instructor of over two decades, Catherine has inspired thousands of Canadians to lead active, healthy lives. Catherine lives in Toronto and has two daughters, ages 20 and 16. Visit Catherine's website

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