Lose weight! Boost your sex life! Sounds like a good combination to me. Well, there’s scientific proof that traveling can do both!
According to psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopolous in an article for Travel and Leisure, there’s a reason that when you travel, you have a better bedroom experience. “Traveling can help reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol,” she said. “As stress and anxiety decrease, mood increases—bringing many, often unexpected, positive benefits in how we perceive ourselves, motivation and productivity, and our general outlook on life.”
And the weight loss? It can come from just breaking old routines. When you travel, you often walk more than you usually would, and you are more active than you might be at home. And catching a few rays can help you feel better about yourself as well, according to Dr. Papadopoulos. “Exposure to a healthy amount of sunshine is also believed to increase the brain’s release of the hormone serotonin which is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused.”
Overall it can make you healthier as well. A Maxim article says you can see definite health benefits. A study from the U.S. Travel Association found that people who travel at least once a year have a significantly lower risk of heart disease and premature death — some as much as 30 percent. The combination of increased physical activity and mental benefits of being on vacation means that you are one happy, healthy camper.
On top of that, the article says vacationing can help you sleep better. According to a study from the University of Colorado’s sleep Lap, something as simple as a weekend camping trip is enough to reset your circadian rhythm, and the insomniacs in the study were able to sleep more than 10 hours each night after the trip.
Oh, one more thing: In her book The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, Arianna Huffington opines that sleeping more is a natural boost to your sex drive. (now you know why we LOVE to send our consultants on fabulous trips!!) So pack your bags and your negligee and go on the road to a better sex life!
Want to read more about boosting your sex life by boosting your frequent flyer miles? Check out the Travel and Leisure article here!