- One in 30 travellers suffer from leisure sickness when arriving abroad and common complaint includes headaches
- Around 20 per cent of flyers experience post-flight colds caught by the recirculation of the cabin air on a plane
- Infographic reveals what effects taking a holiday really has on your physical well-being before, during and after trip
Increased stress, higher heart rates, and reduced immunity.
These are just three of the pre-holiday body changes the average traveller experiences before heading abroad for some sun, sea and sangria, an infographic has revealed.
From leisure sickness to a good night’s sleep, the average human body endures a lot both before and during a trip. This guide reveals what effects a holiday really has on your mental and physical wellbeing.
The infographic, which was designed by tour operator, ClubMed, covers the most common effects and processes the body passes through, and why we experience them.
Pre-holiday, you are likely to feel your mood elevate because the act of planning a break is proven to increase your happiness, psychologists revealed. This increase in happiness is said to be more present with shorter, more frequent breaks.
As well as an increasingly happier mood, the body is more than likely to experience stress too. This is down to your workload rising in the run up to your holiday.
Before holidaymakers head off on their break, they are also more than likely to experience an increased heart rate because of the stress – which triggers the body’s nervous system and releases adrenaline and cortisol, boosting blood sugar and making the heart beat faster.
While on the plane, passengers suffer from a reduced immunity – in fact, 20 per cent of travellers experience post-flight colds caught by the recirculation of the cabin air.
The infographic also reveals a day-by-day guide as to how the holidaymaker is likely to feel during their getaway, with day one being the worst.
One in 30 travellers will suffer from leisure sickness, which is made up on stomach aches,high blood pressure and headaches. It is caused by the sudden transition from being stressed to relaxed.
Days two and three are simply relaxing – the guide also reveals that 30 per cent of people actually already feel relaxed as soon as they arrive at their destination.
By day seven, holidaymakers are in the recovery mode, they have had good sleep – 30 minutes extra a night on average – as well as pleasure caused by new experiences.
And if tourists needed any more excuses as to why it is healthy for your body to head away on holiday, it is a proven fact that regular breaks reduce the risk of heart disease and are beneficial for both your psychological and physiological health.
Originally posted 2016-02-05 07:29:34.