Jolly holiday! Study proves going on vacation is good for your heart

New research shows that going on holiday can actually reduce a person's metabolic symptoms. Source: Getty.

Whether you travel regularly or it’s a once in a while treat, there is no better feeling than packing a bag and leaving the stresses of everyday life behind for some quality relaxation time, whether your thing is lying on the beach or trekking up a mountain.

However, while we all know we feel better after a well-deserved break, a new study has now provided medical proof that taking a vacation is beneficial for your heart health.

New research, carried out by Syracuse University and published online, shows that going on holiday can actually reduce a person’s metabolic symptoms, and in turn limit their risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Metabolic symptoms are indicators of metabolic syndrome, which is the name for a cluster of conditions which increase the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. They include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.

“What we found is that people who vacation more frequently in the past 12 months have a lowered risk for metabolic syndrome and metabolic symptoms,” says Bryce Hruska, assistant professor of public health at Syracuse University.

“Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. If you have more of them you are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease. This is important because we are actually seeing a reduction in the risk for cardiovascular disease the more vacationing a person does.

“Because metabolic symptoms are modifiable, it means they can change or be eliminated.”

The researchers are still working to find out exactly what it is about going on holiday that reduces a person’s metabolic symptoms, but urged people – if they are able – to take every opportunity to vacation more.

Hruska added: “Our research suggests that if people use more of this benefit, it would translate into a tangible health benefit.”

Do you like to travel? Do you have concerns about your cardiovascular health?

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