Winter Holidays are becoming more and more popular, with holidaymakers hitting the ski slopes, or jetting off some Winter sunshine. A holiday is always enjoyable, but could taking a winter break improve your health?
The Sunshine Vitamin
Sun exposure is very important for our health. 90% of our Vitamin D comes from the sun. Your body uses Vitamin D to absorb calcium and to keep bones healthy. A lack of Vitamin D has been linked to a range of health issues, including depression, weight gain and the flu. Getting some sunshine will top up your Vitamin D. Of course, if you can’t get away to a sunnier climate this year, you can keep your Vitamin D levels in a healthy range with a good supplement.
Exposure to the sun has been linked to the release of nitric oxide, which slows the development of obesity, while being outside in the morning can help your body produce melatonin, which makes you drowsy, at the right time of day; when it’s dark!
Relaxation and Stress Relief
Winter can be a busy time for a lot of us, as we prepare for the holiday season, so a change of scenery and a break could be just what the Doctor ordered. A survey by Travel Supermarket found that around two thirds of those who took a winter holiday reported that they felt more relaxed, happy and refreshed when they returned. Perhaps it’s time to escape the cold and the long nights!
Sneak in Exercise
Winter holidays are often based around a sport, like skiing or snowboarding. Getting active is obviously good for your health, but even if you haven’t chosen an obviously adventurous trip, you may be surprised by how easy it is to get in some stealth exercise. Whether it’s all the extra walking around you might so as you explore, swimming in the sea or hotel pool, or joining in some of the hotel activities, you might come home fitter without feeling like you’ve had a workout.
Whatever kind of Winter break you have planned you can find everything from sun care, to first aid kits in our Winter Holidays Shop.