Your Prescription for Good Health: Take Two Weeks and Call Me in the Morning
According to Research, Recovery Needed for Vacation-Deprived Americans
“As a nation, we need to focus more on wellness,” said Howard Nusbaum, ARDA president and CEO. “It’s proven that taking two weeks, or whatever you can, to break away from the daily grind will go a long way in promoting both physical and mental health.”
The second step to recovery is to realize the health and wellness benefits you will get from taking a vacation. Recent research shows that the long-term benefits associated with taking regular vacations contribute to better health, relationships and job performance. In fact, the statistics are astounding. Men who don’t vacation regularly are 32 percent more likely to die of heart attacks; women are 50 percent more likely.
“People need to understand the important health benefits they will get from taking time away from their normal routine,” says John de Graaf, executive director of Take Back Your Time, an initiative encouraging time outside of work. “Vacations are not a luxury but an important part of any healthy lifestyle.”
The last step in vacation deprivation recovery is to ensure that the vacation is the best possible experience it can be. ARDA member resorts provide spacious accommodations in stunning locations with all the comforts of home. A timeshare resort offers hassle-free second home vacations designed with the sole purpose of making the most of precious leisure time together.
One to two weeks away from the daily routine leads to better job performance and productivity, increasing reaction times by 30 to 40 percent. In addition, quality of sleep increases by about one hour a night upon return from vacation. “Simply put, people can’t afford not to take a vacation,” says de Graaf.