Vacations – Heart Disease Prevention
Heart Disease Prevention – Vacations are fun and relaxing.
The more you relax…the healthier you are! Like you needed a reason for another vacation though, right?
Vacations – Heart Disease Prevention – Get away from work!
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh analyzed data on more than 12,000 middle-aged men from the Framingham Heart Study and found that those who took regular vacations sliced their risk of death from heart disease by a third.
Vacations – Heart Disease Prevention – Sleep in on vacation!
A Harvard study of 70,000 women found that those who got less than seven hours of sleep had a slightly higher risk of heart disease.
Vacations – Heart Disease Prevention – Connect with friends and family!
Women especially benefit from emotional connections like the kind you deepen over the relaxed fun of a trip! But, everyone can increase their wellbeing with friends! Spend time getting to know each other with shared experiences. Research from the the University of North Carolina indicates,
“…better friendship groups can help tackle abdominal obesity, inflammation, and high blood pressure – three health problems that increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and strokes.
Make friends, strengthen bonds, connect with friends! Harvard’s research indicates social isolation and loneliness can be as deadly as smoking.
Vacations – Heart Disease Prevention – Laughter!
Create inside jokes and laugh on vacation! According to a study from the University of Maryland Medical Center laughter can protect your heart! Dr. Miller, director of Center for Preventative Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center says,
“We don’t know yet why laughing protects the heart, but we know that mental stress is associated with impairment of the endothelium, the protective barrier lining our blood vessels. This can cause a series of inflammatory reactions that lead to fat and cholesterol build-up in the coronary arteries and ultimately to a heart attack.”
Vacations benefit the whole family in so many ways!
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Happy and heart prevention travels,