So, for the new study, which was published in April in The Lancet Public Health, researchers at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, and other institutions, decided to delve as deeply and broadly as possible into lifestyle, as well as workplace labor, and life spans.

They began by turning to data already gathered by Norwegian health agencies, which, as part of ongoing studies, have been measuring the health of hundreds of thousands of Norwegians for decades. That data included detailed information about their work and exercise histories, education, income and other aspects of their lives.

The researchers now pulled records for 437,378 of the participants in these studies and categorized them by job types. Some, like clerks or inspectors, did some walking and lifting at work; others performed heavy manual labor; and the rest more or less sat at their desks all day. The researchers then crosschecked people’s records against decades’ worth of databases tracking diseases and deaths in Norway.

On a first pass, their results bolstered the idea that active jobs shorten lives. Over the course of about 30 years, men in sedentary jobs outlived those who often walked or otherwise exerted themselves at work. (As before, there were no significant links between women’s professions and their longevity.)

But when the scientists scrupulously controlled for everyone’s education, income, smoking, exercise habits and weight, the associations flipped. In this fuller analysis, men who were active at work developed heart disease and cancer at lower rates than deskbound men. Whether they tended to walk a fair amount for work or perform other, more-strenuous labor, the active men lived, on average, about a year longer.

In essence, the study shows that “every movement counts, regardless of whether you are active at work or during leisure,” says Ulf Ekelund, a professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, who oversaw the new study. Conversely, the results also remind us, he says, that sitting, even at comfortable desks or on cushy couches, is unhealthy.

What this study does not tell us is which aspects of our lives, away from work, might most affect our health and longevity, or why women’s life spans seem generally unaffected by worktime exertions. Dr. Ekelund and his colleagues hope to look into some of those issues in future research. But, for now, he says, assume “that all physical activity is beneficial, regardless of whether it’s performed during leisure, at work, at home or during transportation.”

As the high street travel agents open their doors to customers once again, we remind anyone who is booking a holiday in the near future to make sure they protect their trip to prevent any financial loss.

With international travel set to resume on May 17 and a specialist “traffic light” system set in place to enable this; Brits are becoming more confident when it comes to booking a summer getaway this year.

While this is great news for the travel industry, and certainly for those longing for a well-deserved break, it is essential that holidaymakers continue to protect their trips with adequate travel insurance – as soon as they book their holiday.

It’s important to be aware that there are a lot of providers marketing their policies as ‘including Covid-19 cover’, but some are only offering cover for emergency medical expenses should you catch Covid-19 while on holiday. However, there are lots of other types of Covid cover available that are worth looking out for.

For example, many providers are offering cancellation cover if anyone named on the policy catches Covid-19 before the trip and, as a result, has to isolate. Some providers are also offering cover for additional expenses should anyone on the policy test positive while abroad and be required to isolate abroad. This cover may also be called ‘cover for denied boarding’ in some policies.

Of course, cover varies from provider to provider, so if you do want to know more about the level of protection included in your policy, we would recommend getting in touch with your travel insurer directly.

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No one in their right mind would take a vacation this summer without a little protection. And I’m not talking about sunscreen, either. 

“With the uncertainties of COVID for summer travel, a comprehensive trip insurance policy is a must,” says Rajeev Shrivastava, CEO of VisitorsCoverage

Travel protection such as insurance or a medical membership used to be optional for travelers. But post-pandemic, it’s pretty much mandatory. In some cases, it’s literally a requirement. Many European countries require health insurance coverage for your visit, and more are doing so every day.

Increased demand for travel protection

“We’re seeing increased excitement for travel paired with an increased demand for travel insurance,” says Karisa Cernera, senior manager of travel services at Redpoint Travel Protection. The Redpoint team has been staying on top of insurance requirements, which are changing by the minute. They’re complicated.

“We recommend that clients review official government websites at their travel destination for the most up-to-date entry requirements,” she adds. “Many destinations are now requiring travelers to purchase travel insurance which protects against COVID-19 related losses and medical needs.”

In fact, there’s a list of things your travel protection absolutely must have this summer. If you’re booking a vacation soon, you need to know what they are, say experts. 

So how do you fail to protect your summer vacation? By not reading your insurance policy carefully. By ignoring the “free look” provisions that let you get a refund if you have second thoughts about a policy. By ignoring COVID-19 and other medical expenses and assuming that travel insurance is all you need. And by being clueless about what’s not covered.

By the way, I know a thing or two about protection. I run a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers, and we get a lot of travel complaints. In more than half of those cases, having insurance or a medical evacuation membership could have helped avoid the problem.

Here’s what travelers want this summer

A new survey of summer travelers conducted by World Nomads conducted suggests most people are concerned with having to call off their trip because of another COVID-19 surge:

  • 43% of respondents considered trip cancellation the most important component of travel insurance
  • 31% said emergency medical and dental coverage was essential.
  • 27% wanted COVID-19 coverage. 

“The data shows that the potential risks of COVID-19 still dictate the travel mindset,” says World Nomads spokeswoman Lisa Cheng. 

People are paying attention. At Texas A&M University, officials stopped just short of requiring their study abroad program participants to buy insurance. 

“We aren’t requiring students purchase additional insurance,” says Holly Hudson, executive director of the education abroad program at Texas A&M University. “However, all students are strongly encouraged to purchase additional insurance that will cover their expenses in the case that their flight or program is canceled or if they are recalled to the U.S. because of COVID-19.”

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