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6 reasons why holidays are good for your health

Posted on January 10, 2022 by Jack Morris
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Travelling can be great for your physical and mental health, and there’s the science to prove it.

Whether it’s your style to go on an action-packed adventure, or you’d prefer to rest and recuperate by the pool, a holiday can be a really valuable part of your healthy lifestyle.

Keep reading to learn more about why taking a holiday is important to your well-being!

1. Being more active

It feels much easier to get in your 10,000 steps each day on holiday than at home. When you’re taking in all of the picturesque scenery, you might find you end up walking all day – visiting museums and local points of interest, or just enjoying exploring a new place.

Being active in other ways, like splashing around in the pool, also feels much less like exercise and more like fun, which naturally, has a fantastic benefit for your physical health.

2. Recharging your batteries

Going on holiday gives you plenty of opportunities to recharge your batteries, away from everything going on in your normal life.

Relaxation drops your blood pressure and reduces the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in your blood. So, spend as much time by the pool as you like!

The downtime you get on holiday is also great for giving your mind some respite. The key is to spend quality time doing whatever it is that helps you decompress.

Sleep is another thing many of us don’t get enough of. Whether it’s the stress and anxiety of day-to-day life, or simply not having enough time in the day, taking the chance to enjoy quality rest can do wonders for your physical and mental health.

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3. Taking inspiration from the scenery

Whether you take a city break, or a trip to the country, there’s plenty of new scenery to enjoy when you’re on holiday.

Unique, historic architecture can rouse the mind and engage you in a different world. And, of course, being surrounded by more green space and the natural world is excellent for your mental health.

4. Embracing the elements

For many of us, a change in the weather is reason enough to go on holiday!

But, thankfully, science is there to justify spending time in the sun (in moderation, of course). A healthy amount of sunshine gives your body a boost of vitamin D, which can promote strong bones and a more effective immune system.

It’s not just your body that feels the benefits of the elements, though. Your mental health can also be positively influenced by the sunshine, and also blue spaces like the sea.

5. Enjoying a break

Going on holiday needs little more justification than simply getting away from it all.

We all develop unhealthy habits over time, whether by subconscious choice or because of things like work. And a break from your desk, from the eye strain caused by your computer and the uncomfortable posture of your desk, is an excellent chance for your body to reset and recover.

6. Holidays are good for mental health

We’ve touched on this quite a bit already, but it’s worth reiterating the benefits that a holiday can have on your mind.

There really is no better time to spend doing the things you love than being on holiday. Whether you want to spend more time with the people you care about or focus on your hobbies and interests, it’s a great time to enrich your mind and focus on your mental wellbeing.

A smooth holiday-going experience

Whether you’re going abroad again or having yourself a staycation in the UK, it’s safe to say that travel is good for your health.

Another way to help keep those cortisol levels low is to take out medical travel insurance. It can help give you the peace of mind to enjoy your holiday and all the health benefits it brings.

Jack Morris

by Jack Morris

Jack Morris is Staysure’s Senior Content Executive. He shares the latest travel news to keep you informed for your next holiday. Jack’s an avid fan of football, design, and continental Europe.