- Studies show that taking regular vacations can increase life expectancy and decrease the chances of getting heart disease.
- Vacationing may result in a person having fewer physical complaints. It also may improve short-term well-being.
Sometimes when I go on vacation, I just want to chill out in front of the hotel TV. Other times, I opt for energetic activities. Add a little action to your next vacation with these healthful ideas from our travel editors.
New Way to Walk
Try Little River Canyon in Fort Payne, Alabama, for walking and hiking, or consider Cumberland Gap in Kentucky, Tennessee, or Virginia. While Pinnacle Mountain State Park near Little Rock has hikes for beginners, paths in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee and Kentucky are for more experienced hikers.
Have It All
Head to Turtle Cove Spa at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas for hiking, yoga, and horseback riding. Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, offers everything from golfing to biking.
Pura Vida USA near Dahlonega, Georgia, features a 1,400-square-foot yoga hall where vacationers can take classes in Kripalu yoga. Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas, doesn't stop at yoga; it also offers classes in Tai Chi and Pilates.
Get in a Swing or Two
Choose from two championship golf courses at The Breakers, a premiere Palm Beach, Florida, resort. Play golf and tennis while you lodge at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina.
Round and Round
Pack your bike and protective gear on your next trip, and head for the Tammany Trace in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, for 31 miles of biking trails. If you're traveling through Mississippi, pick up part of the Longleaf Trace trail. In downtown St. Louis, you can bike a section of the Katy Trail.
"Destination: Good Health" is from the June 2007 issue of Southern Living.