Harvard Men's Health Watch

On the road with good health

Travel can keep you active and healthy, but to enjoy your journey, make sure you are well prepared.

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Travel at any age is not only fun and exciting but also good medicine. "Experiencing new places often stimulates positive reactions," says Dr. Esteban Franco-Garcia, a geriatric physician with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "It helps you remain physically active and offers the brain new challenges."

In fact, a survey of American travelers reported by the Global Coalition on Aging found that 93% felt happier after time away, 77% believed their health improved afterward, and about 80% said travel increased their productivity, energy, and focus.

Regular sojourns may even help you live longer. Results from the Framingham Heart Study found that among 12,000 men at high risk for heart disease, those who did not take an annual vacation had a 32% greater risk of death.

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