We thought we’d give you another reason to travel. The Global Commission on Aging, Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and the U.S. Travel Association discovered that travel could help reduce retirees’ dementia, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. It can also help prevent heart disease, heart attacks, and other diseases.
Traveling is a great exercise
Let’s begin with the obvious. Exercise is good for you. Exercise improves your cardiovascular system and blood flow to the brain and reduces stress. You might find it challenging, but that doesn’t mean you have to.
“Our research and a lot of other research confirm that physical activity is one of many keys to a longer, healthier life,” said Dr. Howard Friedman, University of California. He is also the author of The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study.
“Physical exercise doesn’t necessarily refer to going to the gym or exercising, but that is fine if it’s something you enjoy. Simply, it means getting up from your chair.
It’s even more enjoyable when you add adventure travel. You don’t have to run marathons through the jungle. Instead, you can hike, paddle, and swim down great mountains. This is good exercise and fun; you don’t even know you’re doing it.
Francesc Miralles is co-author of Ikigai, the Japanese Secret for a Long, Happy Life. Walking is the best form of exercise for long and healthy life. Walking is a great way to travel. You don’t get tired because you see the world and stop when you want.
Travel lowers stress levels.
It may not be surprising that this one is so obvious, but science has shown that traveling can increase happiness, reduce depression, and chill you out. A study showed that travelers feel more relaxed, less anxious, and happier three days after vacation. These improvements didn’t vanish when they returned home; they lasted for several weeks.
Your brain health is improved by traveling.
Travel expands your mind.
You meet new people. You can adapt to new situations. You are more culturally and globally aware. All this is good for your brain and health. It increases cognitive flexibility and keeps your mind sharp. Studies show a link between travel and creativity, deeper cultural awareness, and personal growth. According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who study and travel abroad are more open-minded and more emotionally stable.
Traveling will lower your chance of developing heart disease.
This is because people who vacation from their homes are less stressed or anxious. Or at least, they’re more willing to escape their stressors. The Framingham Heart Study, which has been ongoing for many years, found that people who travel annually are less likely to have a heart attack or get heart disease.
Get an adrenaline rush
Stress is bad, but not enough stress is.
Stress can cause depression, lethargy, and boredom, all enemies of longevity.
As you can probably guess, you are looking for just the right amount of stress. This could be the stress that comes with a new adventure trip. Miralles says that a brief burst of adrenaline can be a welcome boost to the nether regions.
He says, “Adrenaline takes your heart to an extremely fast velocity.” This can be a good thing in some cases. If someone is depressed, melancholy, apathetic, and emotionally blocked, it can be a good idea to go to a place that can provide adrenaline. A horse riding or rafting may be able to activate energy in someone who is too passive, at home all the time, and not thinking as much.
Meet new people
These pages have been written before about the benefits of traveling with strangers. How you can reinvent yourself, Explore new ways and Make new friends. Improve your mental health.
It can also make you live longer.
Travel can help you make new friends or spend quality time with your family. Those who travel alone or with strangers might learn new social skills. Our research and others show that good social relationships are key to a longer and healthier life.
Many places on Earth have healing properties.
They may not be right in your backyard. You can visit healing spots that aren’t accessible to everyone when you travel. These mineral-rich waters are good for your skin and can help reduce stress and pain. First of all, energy vortexes exist. They are sacred places containing everything that flows, whether it is electricity, wind, or water. These are where Earth’s energies converge to heal, lift, and renew. Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt are two examples of famous energy points. However, there are vortexes in the United States at places like Sedona in Arizona and Mount Desert Island in Maine.
Traveling will allow you to live longer.
Travelers tend to live longer lives, it’s true. All forms of travel, local or international, can improve our lives and increase our life expectancy. Travel reduces stress and improves brain health. These factors increase the chance of living longer and more fun doing it.