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Video: 7 Proven Health Benefits of Vacation

The last time we saw Doctor Mike, Social Media’s Most Followed Doctor, he was basking in the sunny glow of a great Kissimmee vacation

Now he’s back and ready to tell the world about how important it is to take a break for yourself and for your family. Since our job is to make ‘laughter is the best medicine’ vacations, we’re onboard with Doctor Mike’s mission to get you to take that time off.

Need proof? Here are the top five health benefits of taking vacation that Doctor Mike wants you to know about. Watch the video for even more.

1. Fight heart problems

According to the Framingham Heart Study—the ongoing cardiovascular that started all the way back in 1948 “men who skipped vacation for several years were 30 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who took a vacation at least one week a year.” You know what else is good for your heart? Keeping active. Kissimmee's outdoor adventures and activities keep the whole family busy in the great outdoors all vacation long. 

2. Think Positive, Not Negative

The University of Pittsburgh reports that “leisure, including vacations, contributed to more positive emotions and fewer negative feelings and depression.” And with our endless sunshine, we’re a great destination for leisure—and your daily dose of vitamin D—no doubt about it. 

3. Foster Healthy Relationships

We make ‘fun for the whole family’ vacations. That’s good news, because Purdue University found families that vacation together benefit from all that togetherness time, relaxation, and shared experiences.

4. Get Stress Busting

According to the American Psychological Association, vacations fight stress by getting people away from activities and environments that stress them out. (Makes sense!) 

“To avoid the negative effects of chronic stress and burnout, we need time to replenish and return to our pre-stress level of functioning. This recovery process requires “switching off” from work by having periods of time when you are neither engaging in work-related activities, nor thinking about work.”  American Psychological Association. 

Book a trip to the spa shortly after you land in Kissimmee, and you'll be relaxed, rejuvinated, and ready for more "ahh-inspiring" adventures.  

5. Catch Some Zzzzzs

According to researchers, study participants averaged an hour more of good quality sleep after two-to-three days of vacation. (Doesn’t that sound good? You’re getting very sleeeepy.) With the largest collection of vacation home rentals in the world, it’s easy to see why Kissimmee is the Vacation Home Capital of the World®. Take your pick from condos, pool homes, and more to make catching z's as easy as 1, 2, 3. 

We all need a reminder to take a break sometimes. Save this infographic to your Pinterest board so you can return to it whenever you need a refresher on why we should use ALL of our vacation days. 

7 Reasons Vacations Are Good For Your Doctor Mike

We’ve always believed in the power of vacations, but you don’t have to take our word for it, Doctor Mike believes it too. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start planning. Let’s go!

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