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Holidays linked to health boost

31 January 2013 09:28

Researchers have linked holidays to our general wellbeing

Researchers have linked holidays to our general wellbeing

Going on holiday helps us get away from the stresses of everyday life, but now scientists have claimed taking a break can lower blood pressure and improve stress levels.

Twelve participants were sent on holiday for the purposes of the study, carried out by Kuoni and Nuffield Health, during the summer and autumn of 2012 in a bid to find out if the refreshed feeling we talk about so much after returning home is a myth.

Dr Lucy Goundry, medical director of wellbeing for Nuffield Health, said results showed participants slept better, had reduced blood pressure and saw stress levels fall. She added: "These results clearly demonstrate that on holiday our resilience to stress improves."

Such health benefits were felt for at least two weeks after participants returned home, the Holiday Health Report revealed.

Derek Jones, managing director of Kuoni, said the research showed "holidays are good for our health".

However, people with ongoing health issues should also arrange pre-existing medical travel insurance for added peace of mind during their travels.