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Sure, staycations are swell. But sometimes an old-fashioned trip is the only way you can really recharge. Here are 3 reasons why from

1. You’ll be fitter and slimmer

The more often you engage in leisure activities, including going on vacation, the more likely you are to have a small waist circumference and a low body-mass index, a study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine reports. Getting away helps reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone linked to excess belly fat. Do something active (snorkeling!) while you’re there to chill out even more.

2. You’ll sleep better

People who regularly engage in pleasurable pursuits, such as taking a trip, catch higher-quality zzz’s, the study in Psychosomatic Medicine indicates. You don’t have to go far to reap the restorative rewards: Even a jaunt to a neighboring town can deliver better beauty rest.

3. You’ll live longer

Women who go on two or more excursions a year are nearly eight times less likely to develop heart disease than those who stay home, according to a study conducted at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Allowing time to decompress can help alleviate stress, which has been linked to cardiovascular issues.


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