The alluring combination of tasty food, open bars, and poolside service doesn't exactly sound like a recipe for weight loss. While cruises have their fair share of vices and temptations, they can actually be good for you too. You read that right! Cruises aren't just a great time, they're also beneficial for your mental, physical, and even emotional well-being. The next time someone gives you a hard time about taking a cruise, direct them to this list of how a cruise can actually be good for your health.
Experiencing new places and activities.
Cruises offer a host of variety both in terms of destinations and activities. Other than making a vacation more exciting, it turns out that this diversity of experiences also contributes to an improved sense of well being. A study from the University of China has not only shown a connection between cruises and short-term happiness but also how these trips positively affect a person's well-being in the long-term. According to the lead author, cruise experiences "contribute to broader aspects of life satisfaction and positive function."
Soaking in those solar vitamins.
Nearly half the world's population is impacted by Vitamin D insufficiency. While cruising alone isn't going to solve this problem, it can certainly give passengers a chance to catch up on their lack of sunshine. That elusive Vitamin D has been shown to improve bone health, boost your body's serotonin production, and even help regulate the immune system. If you're someone who spends the majority of their day inside, be sure to take advantage of the unfiltered sunlight abovedeck. Don't forget to apply an appropriate amount of sunscreen and avoid prolonged exposure to UV rays. When it comes to sun exposure, it's all about finding the right balance.
Cruises are becoming more health-oriented.
People have become increasingly health-conscious over the past few years, and cruise lines are starting to take notice. Changes throughout the industry suggest a trend towards a more health-oriented experience. For example, cruise lines now offer a greater variety of food options with extra stress on nutrition. Many cruise providers have also started offering a number of fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, and cycling, among others, to encourage passengers to get active in between the pool and a trip to the bar. Some cruises even offer seminars and workshops geared towards healthy living.
Vacationing for the sake of it.
Vacations are often seen as something to be earned rather than something that's necessary, let alone beneficial or healthy. Good news for all vacation lovers - many studies actually suggest the opposite. It's been shown that all types of vacation, including cruises, can help to reduce stress levels. One APA study determined that any form of travel that gets people away from the stressors of everyday life can have this positive effect. Researchers in Canada even concluded that these benefits last beyond the duration of the trip. According to a smaller Austrian study, you could also see a decrease in stress-related physical ailments after a cruise vacation.
Catching up on some much-needed Zs.
If you've been falling behind on your nightly shut-eye, a cruise might be just what the doctor ordered. With 11% of people experiencing insufficient sleep every night, it's safe to assume that you're not alone. Surprisingly, this is another way cruises can help improve your health. A large body of research suggests that a slight rocking motion - something a cruise provides endless amounts of - can help people sleep better. Add in some cocktails, a relaxing massage, and you've got a new cure for sleep disorders. By the time you return home, you'll be ready to tackle your old routine with a renewed sense of vitality.

It's time to put an end to those lame excuses preventing you from going on an amazing cruise. Do yourself a favor, and visit YourTravelMoment to get in touch with a leading expert in the industry. You'll get access to insider tips and tricks to help make your vacation unforgettable.

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