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Want to live longer? Take a nature vacation

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Sntists have reported just recently that there is a direct link between nature vacations and a longer life.

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With more research-based proof of health benefits delivered by proper rest and the time spent in nature, holidays in the fresh air seems more attractive than ever.

Health seekers who have been visiting historical Lithuanian resort in Druskininkai for more than two hundred years didn’t need a proof of what scientists have told us just recently – there is a direct link between holidays in nature and a longer life.

A recently-presented Helsinki Businessmen study which followed 1,222 male executives from Finland for more than four decades, found that those of the participants who improved their lifestyle eliminating one or more risk factors but had taken vacations lasting less than three weeks prove to have a 37 percent higher chance of dying between the age of 50 and 80 than those who were used to taking three-week long or even longer holidays.

Science also says that a vacation is even more effective on overall health if it’s spent in nature.  For example, doctors in Scotland literally prescribe nature to their patients in order to improve their blood pressure, reduce their risk of heart disease and strokes, or improve their overall mental health. A “nature prescription” contains information of how getting outdoors can contribute to an overall treatment strategy – along with some ideas about what to do during the actual fresh air therapy.

Long before the benefits of lengthy vacations and nature therapy gained such extensive scientific proof and proper attention from healthcare professionals, numerous European resorts have been accustomed to combining the perfect conditions for their guests to spend long holidays in direct proximity to nature.

A perfect example for that could be a SPA town of Druskininkai, located in southern Lithuania. Since the 18th century, Druskininkai has been world-famous for its mineral water springs, curative mud, and pine tree forests. Today, Druskininkai is the largest SPA town in Lithuania that offers whole-year outdoor adventures along with SPA experiences, rehabilitation, and healing treatments.

Often named as “the lungs of Lithuania,” the resort of Druskininkai is able to create such a rich experience for any nature lover – or the one who just got his “nature prescription” – that three weeks of vacation wouldn’t be enough to appreciate every wonder the town’s pristine natural surroundings have to offer. Visitors can bike through pine tree forests, stroll around a centrally-located lake, or zip-line through the Nemunas river in UNO adventure park located in the forest. In Dineika wellness park, visitors can enjoy ionized air therapy, sunbeds, and bathe in natural springs.

Not only numerous SPAs offer a wide range of healing procedures in Druskininkai; there are also countless opportunities for unforgettable holidays waiting for active leisure lovers here. The resort features the biggest Aqua park in the region, a wide range of hiking and bike trails, one of the biggest indoor skiing slopes in Europe – accessible all year round – and wild beaches on the side of the lake surrounded by pine forests.

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Editor in chief is Linda Hohnholz.