If you’re like me, you would love a vacation. You might be thinking about saving those vacation hours at work to build up your savings account instead.
I would like to take a vacation right now but my husband and I failed to plan, and now we are knee deep in the busiest time of construction. We could probably take a long weekend. Something is better than nothing, right?
It turns out that a vacation is good for your health too! Of course, it is, but we can’t all afford to take a vacation! Something John and I need to learn to do, and maybe you too, is find something relaxing to do within our budget and cut something else out of our budget instead of our vacation time. We need the rest, relaxation, change of pace, and different things to look at for a few days.
In our younger years, we had a place we hiked to near our home that had a rope to swing on and jump into the water, and it had a waterfall, just not as big as the one in the picture above. Now John could still do this, but I don’t see myself as able to swing from a rope. Maybe a zip line would be a little easier! It certainly didn’t cost us a thing to go to this secret spot and it was like a mini vacation.
Thinking about all this makes me want to be in shape as I was when I was younger. I admit I have been terrible at having a regular exercise schedule, and it’s something I intend to change. (As soon as I get all the things sitting on my elliptical moved and make space in the garage so I can use it!
Health experts continue to remind us that good health is a lifestyle. How do you get started? John’s exhausted till he is finished working, and his job requires physical activity, so he isn’t too thrilled about going out and doing more physical activity when he comes home. But I envision exploring new places close to our home simply by hiking. Even driving for 15 minutes gives us numerous places to explore. I think I need to find a way to convince him!
I need to figure something out to make physical activity more fun. The benefits are hard to ignore. Learn about how to change your habits here.
- The National Institute of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute found in their study that men who took a vacation once a year were 21% less likely to die of any cause!
- The Framington Heart Study found women who didn’t take vacations for six years were eight times more likely to experience heart disease than women who vacationed twice a year. Who knew!
- Other studies proved that men and women who were forced to use their vacation hours were more productive at their jobs.
- Regular vacations have proven to relieve stress and depression. Women who used their vacation hours regularly have lower blood pressure and smaller waistlines.
If you are looking for a nice vacation you would probably enjoy Key West, Florida. Learn about our vacation at key west here.
It looks like we shouldn’t feel guilty about taking a vacation. Think of all the future doctor bills we will avoid in our lifetime. So I’m sold, how about you? If we use some creativity and time in planning regular vacations, we will be happier and healthier, even if it’s just a plan to go somewhere with a view like the one below. I could watch that over and over, couldn’t you?