A recent study in Nature suggests that while the number of vacation-seeking individuals has grown, the amount of time spent in nature is declining, with less time spent walking, bicycling, and exploring.
This suggests that we should consider the benefits of a longer, more physically demanding vacation, rather than simply taking a few days off.
And if we really want to get a good workout, this study suggests that people should look for ways to keep moving during the day and do a little of both, or a little less of both.
In other words, if you’re not planning on going on a vacation for at least six months, then don’t feel obligated to go for it.
The reason to do both: a better understanding of the benefits and costs of vacation, and a healthier lifestyle.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, found that more than a third of people who spent more than two months outdoors were at risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
It also found that people who took a longer vacation tended to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, lower blood sugar levels, and lower levels of inflammation and oxidative stress.
It’s possible that more people could benefit from a few extra days out, since these health benefits are largely dependent on the amount and quality of time you spend outdoors.
For example, the longer you spend in nature, the more time you’ll spend at rest, which may help lower your risk for coronary artery disease.
Also, some studies have found that longer vacation time also makes people happier, which has been linked to better cognitive function.
However, the study doesn’t address whether spending more time outdoors may actually lead to healthier health outcomes.
“We can’t know for sure,” said lead author Julie Hildebrand, who is an associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
“But if we can find some way to increase the amount that people spend outdoors, that might be an avenue to improve overall health.”
The study involved more than 7,000 adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and they compared the number and quality, or amount of exercise and activity, people took in a year prior to and after their vacation.
For instance, those who took part in more time in the sun had lower heart rates and higher levels of HDL cholesterol and lower blood glucose levels, compared to those who spent less time outdoors.
Those who took in more exercise had higher levels and lower rates of chronic inflammation, such as colon cancer, than those who exercised less.
This study, Hildebrands said, suggests that vacation time should be considered a “tool to improve our physical and mental health and reduce our risk for chronic disease.”
The researchers also looked at whether there were any other health benefits associated with vacation.
People who took more time out during the year were more likely to have less obesity, have fewer type 2 diabetics, have lower rates and levels of depression, and have lower levels and levels, respectively, of inflammation.
These results, Hildabrand said, could have implications for public health policies, such by reducing the number or quantity of hours that people are spending outdoors.
“It is possible that we can actually increase the number, or intensity of the time that people get outdoors,” she said.
“And if we have more people in nature and people who spend more time outside, then we can see some health benefits.”
And while this study didn’t look at how much time people spent outdoors or how they experienced the environment, Hildemann said that the findings may help researchers understand what causes certain health problems and the health benefits of vacation.
She said the results could also lead to new research.
“These findings may provide us with insights into how to design vacation programs to provide people with a healthier, more balanced lifestyle, whether it’s for shorter or longer periods of time,” Hildamann said.
In addition to the new study, the authors of a new one published in the journal PLoS ONE found that individuals who spent longer vacation were less likely to be obese, have less diabetes, have higher HDL cholesterol, and are more likely, overall, to have a high blood pressure, lower levels, higher levels, a lower risk of type 2 cancer, and higher rates of inflammation, oxidative stress, and other health problems.
It was also found in the new PLoS ONE study that longer vacations were associated with lower levels to levels of inflammatory markers, but no other health effects were found.
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The good news is, you can do it.
According to the CDC, a person’s chances of dying from any cause from a fall, an injury, or any other preventable cause are about 1 in 5,000.
For a shorter vacation, you’ll likely have a better chance of surviving.
But if you plan to spend more than six months out, then