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Holidays reduce stress

Having more holidays may reduce a person's risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

A small study has found that having time away could help improve a person's chance of developing metabolic syndrome.

A total of 63 adults had their waist circumference, blood pressure, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose measured, allowing for results to be drawn from this.

Lead author Bryce Hruska, PhD, of Syracuse University said: "Anecdotally people say vacations are relaxing, so the thought is that if you vacation more frequently you've got a reduction in stress and associated physiological arousal and that may translate into fewer of these metabolic symptoms. I think the important part is that you're using your vacation in whatever way is best for you."

Meanwhile, a previously study previously revealed nearly three quarters of people notice benefits to their health after returning from holiday.

A total of 73 per cent in the 55 to 72 age range admitted they saw benefits to their lifestyle after heading back from a trip abroad including getting better sleep (51 per cent), having more energy (50 per cent) and better productivity (46 per cent).

Alison Bryant, AARP Research Senior Vice President, said: "This research shows there are many health and wellness benefits during all stages of travel across generations, and seeing those benefits significantly improves their satisfaction with the trip. Any type of travel, whether it's a weekend getaway or a weeklong trip, can be an effective way to renew and recharge and the benefits far outweigh the short-lived drawbacks."

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