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Active travel like this European bike tour is loaded with health benefits for boomers

Active travel like this European bike tour is loaded with health benefits for boomers

Most of us probably don’t travel for our health — but generally speaking,  it’s a very good perk, especially for baby boomers.

Studies have shown that leisure travel can be good medicine.

There’s straight-up wellness travel, of course, such as visiting a health spa to lose weight.

But travel in and of itself can also do the job.

Here’s why:

  • Travel helps reduce stress and promote relaxation by taking a break from routine.
  • Travel usually results in greater physical activity, particularly walking. But you might also learn tai chi in China, practice yoga in India, or bicycle around Europe.
  • Travel promotes brain health by challenging us with new and different experiences and environments. It can potentially help ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • Travel can also help ward off depression by getting us out and about, active, and enjoying new people and places.
  • Both women and men who take frequent vacations away from  home have a lower risk of heart attacks.
  • In one survey, 80 percent of baby boomers said they believe travel improves their general mood and outlook on life.
  • American travelers have found that combining a vacation with medical treatment abroad (“Medical Tourism“) may save enough money to afford  both, with some cash left  over.
  • Traveling with loved ones can deepen bonds with them — an important factor in good health, especially as we age.
  • Travel broadens our exposure to new foods — often healthier than those found in the typical American diet
  • Remember, wellness is a necessity — not an indulgence.

Are there exceptions? Of course.

Out for a walk on Prague's pedestrian-only Charles Bridge. Photo by Clark Norton

Out for a walk on Prague’s pedestrian-only Charles Bridge. Photo by Clark Norton

You might get hurt or sick while traveling. The long airline flight or traffic jam on a road trip might have stressed you out. Maybe that resort you booked wasn’t all it was cracked up to be in the brochures. Maybe weather ruined your river cruise.

The truth is that no trip is without some difficulty or disappointment — but that only reinforces the challenges that travel can present in promoting brain health (see above). If you can successfully navigate through foreign or at least different environments, you can stay sharp and ready to deal with difficult situations that arise at home.

And like most travelers, you’ll soon find yourself plotting your next trip.

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2 Responses to Baby Boomer Travel Guide: Health Benefits

  • Weeks before taking a special trip (the Baltics coming up in August), my wife & I concentrate on physical fitness, diet and sleeping habits to help ensure that We get the maximum amount of enjoyment from our upcoming adventure.

  • Great idea, Ed. How about writing a guest post on your routine?

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According to government and private surveys:

  • Leading-edge baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1955) and seniors account for four out of every five dollars spent on luxury travel today.
  • Roughly half the consumer spending money in the U.S.--more than $2 trillion--is in the hands of leading-edge baby boomers and seniors.
  • Baby boomers (born 1946-1964) travel more than any other age group.
  • When asked what they would most like to spend their money on, baby boomers answered “travel” more than any other category, including improving their health or finances.

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