It’s the New Year and one of the top resolutions during the new year is to start living a healthy lifestyle. That means eating healthy food and a lot of exercise! Being healthy as a top new years resolution might just be brought about by our guilt from pigging out during the holidays but whatever the reason is, committing to having a healthy lifestyle is indeed one of the best decisions that you will make in 2017!
To be healthy means that you have to make sure that you’re eating healthy and nutritious food, it means getting enough sleep and of course getting that much-needed exercise. Exercise doesn’t mean you have to be at the gym all the time, it also means doing other things that will burn off those calories. Good thing in Baguio City there are a lot of activities which you can do to burn off those calories like walking around Burnham park, row a boat at the Burnham lake, jog around the athletic bowl or if you want something that will burn off those calories and commune with nature at the same time, try forest bathing.
What is Forest Bathing?
The concept of forest bathing is nothing new, this practice has always been done in Japan since the 1980’s. Also known as Shinrin-Yoku which means “taking the forest atmosphere”, this practice is said to be the cornerstone of healing and preventive healthcare in Japanese medicine.
How is it done?
Japanese researchers found out that forest bathing can have several health benefits among them are:
- Boosts immune system
- Increase in Energy level
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces stress level
- Improved focus
- Increase in the level of sense of happiness
Forest Bathing in Baguio City
Baguio City is still lucky to have such places where forest bathing may be possible. One place that is open to the public is the Camp John Hay eco-trail. The eco-trail starts at the Paint Ball republic area. The entrance to the trail may be difficult to locate at first but to easily find it just go straight to the paintball republic area and go right. The eco trail is a long forest trail that will take you to the former first gate of Camp John Hay right beside the Panagbenga park. The trail is easy, there are places where you need to climb but makeshift steps are provided and it is not really as difficult as hiking a mountain, which makes this trail perfect for your Shinrin-yoku experience.