Many of us grew up with a responsible adult in our lives reminding us to take our vitamins. “Don’t forget to take your vitamins” may have been one of the more commonly voiced phrases from adults to young people in North American households. As important as vitamins are for our physical health, vacations are for our mental health. Most of us agree we need vacations, and the studies are overwhelmingly in favour of them, so why is it such a struggle to get out on one?
The research is astoundingly skewed in favor of an annual vacation. Studies have shown even short trips can stave off burnout, increase creativity, increase physical wellness, decrease stress and increase overall quality of life. With the long list of benefits to a getaway, what are you waiting for?
Overwhelmingly, a study by expedia.com found that a third of Americans don’t take all the vacation days they are entitled, often leaving an average of three on the table. Furthermore, the average American is entitled to fourteen days of paid vacation, some of the lowest in the developed world.
Americans are leaving vacation days on the table, although most people know and understand that vacation is good for them. Taking it one step further, what are the advantages of an active vacation (for example, riding your bike through France)?
There is less research on the outcomes and benefits of an active vacation. However, most Physiologists, Doctors, Nutritionists, Kinesiologists, Personal Trainers and Health Professionals will agree exercise is good for you and provide benefits similar to what was mentioned above for overall wellness in taking vacation.
This year join us on a trip and get a double dose of goodness in your life, grab one of the many benefits of vacation. In other words, “Don’t forget to take your vacation”. Better yet, take it on a bike.