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Even a tiny vacation provides health benefits

Even a tiny vacation provides health benefits

By Mary Richards | Posted - Aug. 23, 2011 at 8:27 a.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- If you have no time or money for a long vacation, taking a smaller one could be healthy.

"Even getting away for one day can help people reduce stress," said registered dietitian and trainer Melanie Douglass.

Possible benefits
  • Healthier heart
  • Less depression
  • Lower stress
  • More energy
  • Longer life

Douglass is also a health and wellness contributor for KSL's Studio 5. She says stress causes so many problems that people should do whatever they can to reduce it.

"Go stay in a hotel. Drive two hours to another city, but get away from your usual routine and just do something for you. Take a nap. Go get a nice workout in, have a nice dinner," she suggested.

"Sometimes we just need to break the cycle of stress. Decompress a little bit and come back refreshed," she said.

A study published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal showed women who took vacations were less depressed and tired than others. And men at risk for heart disease who took breaks were less likely to die from the disease.


Mary Richards


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