Study: Traveling Can Keep Your Body Healthy

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File photo of a family on an trip outdoors.  (credit: Kathrin Ziegler/Getty Images)

File photo of a family on an trip outdoors. (credit: Kathrin Ziegler/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDC) – According to a new study, the more you travel the less likely you are to have a heart attack, suffer from depression, and promote brain health.

Researchers were able to determine that traveling offers the same sort of physical and cognitive benefits as a crossword puzzle or visiting a museum.

Researchers found that women who were vacationed every six years or less had a significantly higher risk of developing a heart attack than women who were vacationed twice a year or more.

The study also showed that men needed to go on an annual vacation. Those who did not were found to have a 20 percent higher risk of death and almost a 30 percent higher risk of death from heart disease.

Some benefits of traveling were immediate. After about two days away, 89 percent of those surveyed saw a significant drop in their level of stress.

Almost 60 percent of Americans would like to travel after they retire. They say their most memorable trips are with loved ones.

Researchers did account for other factors such as level of income and preexisting health conditions.

The study was conducted by the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies in conjunction with the US Travel Association.

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