Taking a minimum of three weeks of vacation per year could help you live longer, a study has found.
Researchers said healthy eating and regular exercise were still not a substitute for leisure time when it came to stress reduction  The 40-year study found that patients taking less than three weeks annual leave were one-third more likely young died as those who consumed more.
"Do not think that an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for the work hard and without leave," said Professor Timo Strandberg from the University of Helsinki in Finland.
"Vacations can be a great way to relieve stress."
The study, which began in the 1
Half received instructions to move, eat healthily, achieve a healthy weight, and quit smoking during the oth
The study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Conference in Munich found that those who received regular advice would rather die young – with experts speculating that the interventions may have caused additional stress
In the same group, those who took fewer than three weeks of leave per year were 37% more likely to be in the group next 30 years young.
Professor Strandberg said: "The damage caused by the intense lifestyle of the regime was concentrated in a subgroup of men with shorter annual vacation periods."
"In our study, men on shorter trips worked longer and slept less than those on longer holidays participated.
"This stressful lifestyle may have outweighed any benefit of intervention, and we think that the intervention itself had a negative psychological impact on these men by bringing stress to their lives."
– Press Association