The Health Benefits of Travelling
26 June 2017
Adventurous, exciting, memorable, and relaxing are just a few words that come to mind to describe travelling. But what about “healthy”? It turns out there are a bunch of health benefits to travelling, and here are just a few.
1. Less Stress
It has been scientifically proven that large amounts of stress have negative effects on the body. As stated by the Mayo Clinic, too much stress can lead to headaches, stomach pain, anxiety, and, more severely, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. When you travel, all of the stress from your life back home fade away. After a day or two, you learn to leave your problems behind and just explore the new area around you and relax. This will then make you happier and healthier. As a matter of fact, according to The Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, travelling significantly decreases the chance of having a heart attack or developing clinical depression, presumably because of the substantial decrease in stress.
2. More Physical Activity
When you travel, you go out and explore the area around you. If you are in Paris, you are going to walk to the end of the Champs-Élyées and check out the Arc de Triumphe – and then of course head over to the Eiffel Tower. If you are in Colorado, odds are you are going to go on a couple hikes through the mountains. Even if your trip is more of a poolside vacation, swimming or playing volleyball in the pool is still a form of physical activity. Either way, you will be doing way more physical activity than you would be doing sitting in an office chair back at work.
The CDC has proven that doing moderate physical activity greatly reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. It also strengthens your muscles and bones, improves your mental health, and increases your chances of living longer.
3. More Exposure to Different Antibodies
As you travel around the world, you will be exposed to different cultures, different foods, and, inevitably, different antibodies. Antibodies are proteins used by the immune system to protect the body from harmful substances. If a healthy immune system is exposed to more antibodies, it is able to more effectively fight off dangerous, foreign objects.
4. More Sleep
While you are travelling, you have control of your schedule. Sure, you might plan a day or two where you have to get up a little earlier than you'd like, but it's nothing like getting up early for work every single day. The National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute believes that getting enough sleep is vital for good health. Sleep is involved in healing the heart and blood vessels, maintaining the proper hormone balance, and growing and developing properly. So those relaxing pool-side naps? Feel free to take a few more of those.
So now the only question is, where is your next travel destination?