According to the 2012 International Vacation Deprivation Study, commissioned by travel service company Expedia (1), more than 30 percent of Americans did not use all their vacation days. One of the major reasons Americans leave vacation days unused is the fear of losing their jobs. However, vacations are beneficial, not only to an employee’s mental and physical health, but to their companies and to the American economy as well.
Not convinced? Here’s a list of some of the good things a vacation may do for you.
Vacations May Decrease Heart Disease
A host of studies have highlighted the potential cardiovascular-health benefits of taking a vacation, including:
- The Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial for the Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease(2) followed 12,000 men over a nine-year period that had a high risk for coronary heart disease. The study found that any such men who take frequent annual vacations were 21 percent less likely to die from any cause and were 32 percent more likely to die from heart disease.
- The landmark Framingham Heart Study(3) – the largest and longest-running study of cardiovascular disease – revealed that men who didn’t take a vacation for several years were 30 percent more likely to have heart attacks compared to men who did not take time off. And women who took a vacation only once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack compared to women who vacationed at least twice a year.
Other Upsides of Vacationing
In addition to reducing the risk of heart disease, studies have shed light on several other potential health benefits associated with vacationing, including:
- Less stress – A study released in 2013 by the American Psychological Association(4) concluded that vacations work to reduce stress by removing people from activities and environments that tend to be sources of stress.
- Improved productivity – According to internal research by audit firm EY(5) (formerly Ernst & Young), employees who use more vacation days end up with better performance reviews. The high-level professionals who were required to take time off were significantly more productive overall than those who spent more time working.
Legacy Vacation Club is the medicine you need
With eight resort locations across the US, at Legacy Vacation Club we can offer you a vacation experience of a life time with relaxing, rejuvenating and invigorating activities in and around each resort. From the sandy beaches of the Gulf coast and Atlantic Ocean to the Rocky Mountains to the full filled attractions of Walt Disney World®; we have the accommodations to fit any family’s vacation desires.
Our studios, one bedroom, two or two bedroom deluxe condominium accommodations are designed to meet your family’s needs and provide affordable vacation escapes with conveniences like kitchenettes or full kitchens and washer/dryers.
Don’t stress over the planning… You choose the time, place and length of stay, and let Legacy Vacation Club handle the rest.
So go ahead, dream a little and leave your worries behind.
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