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A Trip to Greece Might be the Health-Boost You Need

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If the winter chill and lack of sunshine are making you stir crazy, it might be time for a vacation. In fact, research says that traveling is actually good for your health, which is why the Relax, Recharge, Renew Sweepstakes from Independence Blue Cross and GeoBlue could have you heading off to Greece. If a free trip isn’t compelling enough, here are some additional reasons skipping town for a little while might be a good idea.

Soak Up the Vitamin D. February on the northeast coast of the United States means the sunshine is in short supply. Fortunately, that’s not the case everywhere in the world. Replenish your vitamin D levels by taking a vacation. After all, Vitamin D can boost weight loss and it’s good for bone health — just don’t forget the sunscreen!

It’s Easy to Be Active. While traveling may require spending hours sitting on planes, trains, and cars, once you’ve arrived at your destination you’ll get your steps in on all those walking tours. Additionally, travelling to new places means there are new landscapes to explore. Take a nature hike to an exotic waterfall, swim in a crystal blue lagoon, or explore the white sands of beautiful beaches. Your heart rate will thank you.

Travel Is Good for Your Brain. When you travel, you’re more attentive and alert. You are figuring out public transportation, hearing different languages, and exposing yourself to a new experiences. Additionally, studies show travel can boost creativity and make you a more open and trusting person. All of which contribute to a holistic, balanced approach to individual health and well-being.

It’s a Great De-stressor. Nothing relieves stress like a vacation, especially when you commit to an unplugged vacation. Take a break from your inbox and smart phone and your body will thank you. High stress levels are linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and depression. So, really, what better time to get away than today?
Time to fly? Enter the Relax Recharge Renew Sweepstakes for a chance to getaway to Greece, courtesy of Independence Blue Cross and GeoBlue.