Taking time off for vacation makes your heart healthy: Study

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Most of us do agree the fact that travelling rejuvenates people, resuscitating people with enthusiasm and vigour to take various challenges in life. In addition of above mentioned benefits, it has been revealed in a study that travelling helps one to reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases.

The study, published in Psychology and Health journal, found that people who take time off for vacation have lesser propensity for hearth diseases as vacation help people reduce their metabolic symptoms .

Bryce Hruska, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, US, said, “What we found is that people who went on vacation more frequently in the past 12 months have a lowered risk for metabolic syndrome and metabolic symptoms.”

“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,” Hruska added.

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As part of the study, 63 employees who were eligible or paid vacation were selected by researchers. They all underwent blood tests and completed an interview assessing vacationing behaviour in the past 12 months.

The study’s findings showed that the risk for metabolic syndrome decreased by nearly a quarter with each additional vacation taken by participants.

“One of the important takeaways is that vacation time is available to nearly 80 per cent of full-time employees, but fewer than half utilize all the time available to them. Our research suggests that if people use more of this benefit, one that’s already available to them, it would translate into a tangible health benefit,” Hruska concluded.


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