BOOK A HOLIDAY
ONE MORE REASON TO...
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 booking.com 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!