Health-related lifestyle and patterns of behavior related to health effects of leisure travel

Masahiro Toda1, Hiroaki Makino2, Hidetoshi Kobayashi2, Kanehisa Morimoto1
1Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
2Japan Travel Bureau (Foundation), Japan
Cite this article:  Toda, M., Makino, H., Kobayashi, H., & Morimoto, K. (2007). Health-related lifestyle and patterns of behavior related to health effects of leisure travel. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 35, 287-294.

Volume 35 Issue 3 | e1572 | Published: April 2007 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2007.35.3.287

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Whether or not leisure travel might have positive effects on personal health was investigated. During a short leisure trip, saliva samples were collected from 40 females. Levels of salivary cortisol and chromogranin A (CgA) were evaluated by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). To quantitatively evaluate the health-related lifestyle and the patterns of behavior of the subjects, we also administered written questionnaires. For samples taken during the trip, there was a significant increase in the levels of CgA. Meanwhile, there was a significant increase in the levels of cortisol after the tour. These tendencies were more pronounced in individuals who scored well for health-related lifestyle. These findings suggest that the effects of travel were more beneficial for persons with positive characteristics related to health-related lifestyle.
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