The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

Pack your bags, grab your pass­port and switch on your out-of-of­fice be­cause, ac­cord­ing to Fin­nish re­searchers, a hol­i­day could save your life. Find­ings from the 40-year study pub­lished in The Jour­nal of Nu­tri­tion, Health & Ag­ing re­vealed that you can fol­low a healthy diet, avoid smok­ing, ex­er­cise reg­u­larly and main­tain a healthy weight, but if you don’t take a break for more than three weeks a year, then your risk of dy­ing in­creases by 37 per cent.

Tak­ing shorter hol­i­days makes you more likely to be lack­ing sleep and over­worked, and the in­ten­sity of this life­style means pos­i­tive changes aren’t enough to coun­ter­act the neg­a­tive health ef­fects ( such as an in­creased risk of heart dis­ease).

Given that a re­cent sur­vey by book­ found that 2.4 mil­lion Aussies haven’t cashed in their an­nual leave for more than a year – and 86 per cent have suf­fered from burnout as a re­sult – it might be time to visit your travel agent. Three weeks hol­i­day in re­turn for a longer life sounds like a good deal!

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