All work and no play makes for a dull and unhealthy life, so book that vacation. Research has found that a holiday is good for your heart.

Although you may feel like you can’t afford the time off from your career, a holiday may be just what you need for the sake of your wellbeing and heart health.

This is according to a new study by Syracuse University professors Bryce Hruska and Brooks Gump and their research team.

Holidaymakers are healthier

“What we found is that people who vacation more frequently in the past 12 months have a lowered risk for metabolic syndrome and metabolic symptoms,” says Bryce Hruska, an assistant professor of public health at Syracuse University’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

“Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. If you have more of them you are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease. This is important because we are actually seeing a reduction in the risk for cardiovascular disease the more vacationing a person does. Because metabolic symptoms are modifiable, it means they can change or be eliminated.”

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This means that you can reduce your metabolic symptoms – and therefore your risk of cardiovascular disease – by simply going on holiday.

Why you really NEED that holiday

Stop making excuses and book that vacation

“One of the important takeaways is that vacation time is available to nearly 80 percent of full-time employees, but fewer than half utilise all the time available to them. Our research suggests that if people use more of this benefit, one that’s already available to them, it would translate into a tangible health benefit,” says Hruska.

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