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How Traveling Can Improve Your Health

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A lot of people don’t know this, but traveling can also improve your health dramatically. I know this for sure because I went through a couple of years of endless travels, and I feel that my energy level is highest in those years. This is mainly because traveling can help improve your immune system, reduce your stress level, and improve your fitness.

Improve immune system                                                                                                                                 When you travel to a new place, you are introducing new environmental antigens. A new place will bring in new dust, different air, different vibe, new dirt, and new atmosphere to your body system. Your body is a quick learner; it will create new antibodies to fight off these antigens. They also have the capability to create new memories to help them adapt faster if they were to reencounter the same environment. By introducing new stimulant into your body, you strengthen your immune system. You train them to fight harder and faster.

Reduce stress
When you travel, you get away from your everyday responsibilities. You get away from bills, work, projects, or whatever that is constantly in your life. Traveling takes you to a new place so you can be a new person. This adventure can help reduce your stress level so you can relax and rejuvenate. This can be very beneficial for your mental health as well. Keep in mind that people who travel tend to have a lower probability of developing depression.

Improve fitness
When you are exploring the unknown, you are more vitalize and energize to walk that extra mile. Your curiosity forces you to walk faster to unravel the mystery. This can help improve your fitness level, burn more calories, and is an excellent replacement for going to the gym. Back at home, you pretty much know where everything is at so you don’t bother to walk that much since there are no mysteries to solve.

After writing this, I realize that it does make sense. People who travel quite often tend to be happier, energized, and healthier. I do notice the difference between individuals who travel a lot from individuals who are stuck working countless hours in an office. People who work endlessly in the office tend to be slower and drowsy. If you are stuck in an office job, the best thing to do would be to take the initiative to explore a new city every weekend and to go hiking. If you get vacation time, try traveling to another country. These adventures can definitely broaden your horizons and rejuvenate your health.

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Hilda Wong

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I'm a doctor, traveler, foodoe, and a startup junkie. I have two adorable dogs that I can't live without.

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