5 Amazing Health Benefits of Travelling

by Claudia Tan
LIFESTYLE  |  March 15, 2018
  • Go ahead and fuel that wanderlust.
    1 / 6 Go ahead and fuel that wanderlust.

    Who says Singaporeans don’t know how to relax and unwind? A survey conducted by performance marketing technology company Criteo in 2017 revealed that Singaporeans took an average of 5.2 trips in a year. And that is a good sign as travelling has been proven to be good for your mind and body. Here are five compelling health-related reasons for you to proceed with the holiday plans you have been sitting on, as shared by Changi Recommends.

    (Also read: Travelling Soon? Make Sure You Pack the Right Skincare to Avoid Breakouts And Rashes)

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  • Stress-free, work well
    2 / 6 Stress-free, work well

    Your getaway is the best natural remedy to stress. Being able to detach yourself from the stressful work or school environment will lower cortisol levels, a hormone your body releases when you are stressed. And good news, these stress-free effects will be able to last beyond your trip to translate to greater productivity and creativity at work even after your holiday is over.

    (Also read: 8 Signs You’re Too Stressed And Need Another Holiday ASAP)

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  • Stay heart healthy
    3 / 6 Stay heart healthy

    Lower stress levels can help to reduce the risk of heart diseases. Adrenaline and cortisol are hormones that are released when you are stressed. Adrenaline increases heart rate and blood pressure to prepare muscles for fight or flight. Cortisol levels then spike in an attempt to replenish the lost energy. Cortisol is known to make us crave for sugary and fatty foods. In the long run, accumulated fats can lead to cardiovascular health problems. So pack your bags and take that trip you have been daydreaming about for a healthier heart.

    (Also read: Can Stress Cause Heart Disease?)

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  • Keep fit
    4 / 6 Keep fit

    If it weren’t for travelling, you would be trapped in your sedentary lifestyle – sitting for over six hours a day in the office. Travelling helps you to stay active in fun and exciting ways. When you want to make the most out of your days abroad, you tend to pack your itinerary to be constantly on the move. Whether they are simple activities like sightseeing or more strenuous ones like hiking, you will be unknowingly clocking in many hours of exercise. Being exposed to the sun will also stimulate the production of vitamin D, which is vital for bone health. But don’t forget to put on sunscreen to keep the UV rays at bay.

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  • Improved immunity
    5 / 6 Improved immunity

    Being in a foreign land will expose your body to new germs and bacteria. Even contracting minor illnesses may not be such a bad thing as it can boost your immune system. Of course, it is still important to practise basic hygiene when you hit the road but being exposed to some bacteria and germs here and there will do your body some good.

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  • Sharper mind
    6 / 6 Sharper mind

    While you may be relaxed during your travels, your mind will be kept active. Being in an unfamiliar environment forces you to step out of your comfort zone. You also have to make an effort to constantly stay alert to ensure your own safety and well-being. Travelling puts your navigational and communication skills to the test when you go to new places and meet new people. All these novel experiences are bound to make you more culturally aware of what is happening beyond where you live.

    (Also read: 13 Instagrammers That Make You Want To Drop Everything And Travel Now)

    Travelling soon? Check out the ChangiWiFi routers so you’ll always be connected while on the go.

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