TAKE THREE WEEKS OFF
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Finnish researchers looked at data from more than 1,200 businessmen with at least one risk for heart disease (like genetics) but were otherwise healthy. Half of the men were asked to make lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier and exercising more. Surprisingly, it turned out only those who took at least three weeks off per year reduced their risk 15 years later.
The researchers say it’s hard to tell whether these findings would apply to women, but separate studies have shown the huge benefits of taking time off for both genders.
It’s not clear if taking less time off leads to stress and bad habits or vice versa, but either way, it hurts your health. Strandberg says it’s linked to higher BMI and earlier death in otherwise healthy people.
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