The holy month is over, superceded by the month of vacation and travel.
There are many different ways to plan and manage your time off; the time you need to feel great and recharged. Some people enjoy doing nothing whereas others prefer a week of adventure and fitness. How you spend your vacation depends on your personality and needs.
From my own experience, I either travel alone or with a small group of friends; friends with whom I feel peace of mind and connected with.
Whatever your work, lifestyle, needs and budget, travelling helps to recharge your emotional and physical state.
Your emotional wellbeing can influence your performance at work as well as your relationship with others and your fitness and mindset. It all stems from the way you treat your mind and body.
If there was a way you could improve your health and overall wellbeing (and that of your loved ones too) you would take it, right? Well, numerous studies have found taking time off to travel not only gives us a break from work, but also boosts our health, state of mind and overall wellbeing.
Those who love travelling know just how invigorating and exciting it can be. Nothing helps you rediscover yourself and enjoy the beauty of the world quite like a well planned vacation. Some of the ways exploring the world can enhance your wellbeing are quite intriguing, surprising even.
Here are some interesting ways travelling boosts your health and wellbeing, all backed by science.
1.Planning a trip increases your sense of happiness
Research confirms that people are at their happiest when they have a trip coming up. We experience a greater sense of joy and feel good about our own health, our economic situation and general quality of life when we have a vacation on the horizon. People get more happiness from anticipating a travel experience than from anticipating possession of something they’re going to buy or acquire. So, plan that trip – it could be the best thing you do for your wellbeing!
2.Travelling helps you manage stress and negative emotions
Sometimes we just want to get as far away from a place as possible. Travelling isn’t just about seeing new places, it’s about escaping old ones. Vacations can help manage stress and negative emotions by removing us from environments and activities that cause stress.
Travelling also helps reset our emotions. During vacation, we are more compassionate with ourselves and others.
3.Travelling reduces the chance of depression
Our modern, busy lifestyles can lead to stress, irritability and negativity which impacts upon our productivity, efficiency and wellbeing. The situation is so bad that women who holiday less than once every two years are more likely to suffer from depression and stress than women who vacation at least twice a year. Thankfully, when it comes to the benefits of travelling, stress relief tops the list.
As human beings, we thrive on novelty and travel offers the complete package with new faces, sounds and sights. We feel happier, well rested and more energized when we get back from a vacation.
4.Travelling enriches your experiences and understanding of the true essence of life
Some people think that the more material possessions they accumulate, the greater their happiness will be. However, you’ll soon learn (if you haven’t already) that material goods such as cars, mansions, jewellery and so on, tend to depreciate with age. Satisfaction from these things will therefore decrease over time. On the other hand, rewarding experiences like travelling grow richer over time. Even short trips can be enriching because you expose yourself to diverse cultures, traditions, passions and perspectives. Ultimately, you become more enlightened and engaged. Over time you might want to trade in your fancy car, but you won’t want to trade in a vacation because that would mean chipping away cherished memories and losing experiences and a part of yourself.
Buying travel experiences will leave you happier in the long run than buying material things.
1.Travelling reduces your risk of a heart attack
Cases of heart attack have continued to rise over the years and it’s interesting to note that men who do not take a vacation for several years are 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack. Those men who go on vacation regularly are 21 percent less likely to die of such an attack, while women who go on holiday only once every six years are eight times more likely to suffer a heart attack.
As surprising as these findings may be, upon closer inspection you can see why that’s the case. Travellers tend to be more active than those who spend most of their lives sitting in an office chair all day.
Tourists can walk as much as ten miles a day, sightseeing and soaking up attractions in faraway places. Travellers are also more inclined to try new activities while on their travels, such as hiking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. These activities boost physical and mental health.
So, yes, science agrees that you are doing yourself a big favour when you embrace travelling.
2.Plan Ahead for Travel
If you’re spending the holidays away from home, it’s imperative that you have a quick and easy travel workout in your repertoire. This needn’t be your typical high-quality workout to be effective. A simple routine consisting of three to five exercises you can do with no equipment in a very small space is enough to keep you on track until you can get back to your usual routine.
The five recommended travel workouts are one-legged balance stands, push-ups (modified if necessary), walking lunges, bicycle crunches and prone back extensions (Superman). Doing two or three circuits with little rest between exercises will give you a cardiovascular workout as well as maintain your muscular strength and endurance.
You can of course use some equipment when travelling. Bands are really practical and easy to fit in your luggage. The same goes for swimming goggles and skipping ropes.
3.Squeeze in Mini-Workouts
Because you might not get to exercise every day during the holidays, or the workouts you do manage might not be as robust as usual, try to focus on sneaking in short bursts of activity as often as you can throughout each day.
Studies have shown that walking just over a mile a day or doing three four-minute bouts of high-intensity exercise per week may be enough to help you maintain your weight and fitness level. By using the tips provided here, you should have ample time and motivation to do at least that much (or more) during the holiday season.
When you arrive at your destination, set the tone for your trip by working out right away. If that’s not possible, schedule time for your next workout and treat it as an important appointment.
Consider these ways to work out or be active:
•Use the halls. Walk the hotel halls — or, if possible, to one of your meetings. Take the stairs or get off the elevator a few floors early and take the stairs the rest of the way.
•Skip rope. Use a jump-rope in your room or the hotel gym.
•Do jumping jacks. Try a few sets in your room.
•Try aerobics or yoga. If you’ve got space in your hotel room, use your tablet or smartphone to find a workout and follow along.
•Use resistance tubing. These stretchy tubes, which can be used virtually anywhere, offer weight-like resistance when you pull on them. Use them to strengthen nearly any muscle group.
•Take advantage of your own body weight. Try pushups, planks and squats.
•Get wet. Swim laps in the hotel pool.
•Check out local parks and trails. Ask the hotel staff about safe nearby routes for walking or running.
Listen to your body
If jet lag or schedule changes leave you exhausted, make your workout shorter or lighter than usual. It’s OK to take it easy once in a while. Because travel can be so disruptive to how you sleep and what you eat, it’s also not the best time to try to increase your fitness level.
Remember, however, that regular exercise can help reduce stress and feelings of low energy, which might be just what you need to get down to business.
Travel is a medicine for stress and anxiety, why not explore it and observe the consequences of an improved employer-employed relationship? Your wellbeing will thank you for it!