I Go On Hol­i­day?

BAGS PACKED? BE SURE TO TAKE OUR AD­VICE ON BOARD TO SE­CURE A FIRST-CLASS HEALTH UP­GRADE, AND MAKE THE BEN­E­FITS OF YOUR BREAK LAST WELL BE­YOND YOUR RE­TURN

Men's Health (South Africa) - - BODY SCIENCE - / BY TOM WARD

1.Aero­plane Mode

Switch­ing off ain’t easy. Al­most 90% of us ex­pe­ri­ence phan­tom vi­bra­tion syn­drome, in which we imag­ine we can feel our phone ring­ing once we’re in the air, and it causes our stress hor­mones to spike. Stay calm, as it will level out: a Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity study showed that smart­phone sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety peaks after 10 min­utes but set­tles after 25 min­utes. So dis­tract your­self with some ana­logue en­ter­tain­ment – a cer­tain mag­a­zine, per­haps?

2. Stop The Clock

Not only does jet lag dis­turb your sleep pat­tern; it can also weaken your im­mune sys­tem, mak­ing you more sus­cep­ti­ble to pool­side colds. To keep your cir­ca­dian rhythm on­side, skip the aw­ful in-flight food. A Har­vard Med­i­cal School study sug­gests a short fast could cause your bi­o­log­i­cal clock to slow to a crawl un­til you eat again.

3. Un­der The Skin

Once you’ve landed, head straight to the beach. The mus­cle-sup­port­ing vi­ta­min D you’ll soak up isn’t the only perk of sun­ning your­self – time on the lounger can help tighten your waist­line, too. Ac­cord­ing to a Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta study, the white fat cells just be­low your skin shrink with ex­po­sure to the sun’s blue light. Lather on some broad-spec­trum sun­screen, lie back, and let the weather do the work.

4. Head Trip

In ad­di­tion to an even tan and tighter belt, the high oxy­gen lev­els by the sea will con­trib­ute to the re­ju­ve­na­tion of your mus­cles and brain, while trad­ing your of­fice rou­tine for new ex­pe­ri­ences will in­crease your cog­ni­tive flex­i­bil­ity. When you’re on your pad­dle board tak­ing in un­fa­mil­iar sights, your brain sprouts den­drites for a last­ing men­tal boost*. In other words, your fort­night off is an in­tel­li­gent in­vest­ment.

5. Happy Re­turns

Once you’re back home, ban­ish the hol­i­day blues by book­ing your­self an­other break. A study pub­lished in the jour­nal Ap­plied Re­search in Qual­ity of Life found that those who are an­tic­i­pat­ing the next trip en­joy the hap­pi­ness high of a hol­i­day the long­est. The length of your forth­com­ing es­cape doesn’t mat­ter, so a camp­ing week­end can ex­tend the ben­e­fits of lux­u­ri­at­ing in the Mal­dives. Just re­mem­ber to check your out­door gear.

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