BRB, applying for leave!
Before you rush off to share this article with your boss, because let's face it, we're all going to do it... You need to hear what the researchers have to say. Is it true when researchers say that going on vacation could help you live longer?
Well, we would all certainly love to believe so. After all, we work most days in a week and spend more hours working than we do anything else.
So, we would love to know that the fact that going on vacation could help you live longer.
Well, here's the thing. If you haven't taken a vacation for a while, it's time to apply for that leave and go off on a long break, since this new study shows that skipping vacations can actually make your life shorter.
According to Dr. Timo Strandberg, a professor at the Department of Medicine at the University of Helsinki and co-author of the study, those who don't take vacations and work long hours may be at risk of cardiovascular disease.
His study spanned over forty years and it collected data from Finnish businessmen. And it was discovered that taking a trip and going on a vacation reduces the risk of untimely death by 37 percent!
The study began in 1974 and involved 1,222 men who went on to become company executives. The author noted that all of the participating men have at least one factor that may cause cardiovascular disorder, such as: being overweight, a smoking habit, having a high cholesterol, experiencing spiking blood pressure and having a glucose intolerance.
612 participants were assessed and given health advice every four months. They were told to exercise daily, observe a balance and healthy diet, quit smoking, and maintain a healthy and ideal weight.
Some were also given medicines to regulate their blood pressure when needed. On the other hand, the remainder of the men did not receive any treatment nor health advice.
In the forty-year study, men who received medical tips and took less than three weeks of vacation annually had a 37 percent higher risk of dying compared to those who took more than three weeks of leave.
Those who did not receive any health advice on the other hand did not have any changes to their risk of dying.
“Shorter vacations and longer working hours are associated with harmful health effects, even mortality,” Dr. Strandberg said.
Professor Joep Perk, spokesman for the European Society of cardiology, said that it is better for people to relax and enjoy their precious life. “Patients…when they have a heart attack, they suddenly become fanatic about their lifestyle. There is a lot of stress, they run around.”
“Asking 95-year-olds what was the reason they reached 95, almost always the response I get was ‘I enjoyed life, I had a nice time,'” Professor Perk added. “It’s not about chasing risk factors. Don’t forget to enjoy life, you only have one.”
So the next time you think about taking leave, just do it, because it seems like going on vacation could help you live longer!