This is part 2 of a 3-part series on the health benefits of Yoga, Travel, and Meditation.
Researchers have been studying a phenomenon known as the “travel effect,” and how travel can impact your overall health and well being.
Yes, spending time away from home, in order to dig your toes in the sand, might have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust
Stress Relief Through Relaxation
Going on vacation can help you to forget about the worries at home, and achieve better relaxation. Visiting a different environment can be beneficial for relaxation and rejuvenation. Many people report feeling recharged and re-energized after traveling.
Improved Mental Capabilities
Traveling helps to stimulate brain activity and improve mental capabilities, especially for aging people. Retirement often results in less physical activity, which also means a decrease in brain activity. Traveling to a new location can help to stimulate mental capabilities, because it is a new environment with new things that you can learn. Spending time in a new environment is a great way to continue learning and growing mentally. While traveling, be proactive to learn about the culture and history of the area, and you will have better mental stimulation as a result.
Increased Physical Activity
Sitting at a desk all day is not good for physical health, and most people find themselves in front of the computer for hours and hours every week because of their job. Going on vacation is a good way to increase physical activity, because many people make it a point to enjoy the area while they are traveling. Hiking, yoga, beach walking, skiing, and whitewater rafting are all examples of activities that you may enjoy on vacation.
Taking a vacation can sometimes result in over-indulging on food, but many people choose their vacation as an opportunity to focus on quality food instead of quantity of food. While you are traveling, you don’t have to worry about cooking or cleaning the kitchen, which means that you can have a healthy meal without worrying about the work associated with preparing the meal. In fact, the same people who find themselves reaching for frozen dinners or fast food as a quick dinner solution at home, are more likely to sit down to a nicer meal while traveling. If you are selective about your food choices, you can have an improved diet while traveling.
Here at Panacea de la Montaña, we make sure to prepare healthy cuisine for every meal for our guests. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available upon request.
Going on vacation is more than just taking a few days away to have fun. It can have a direct impact on your overall health and wellness.