There are many elements of city life that increase stress. And though it is called the concrete jungle, it has none of the benefits of communing with nature.
Notice how after walking or jogging in the park, doing a bit of gardening, or walking your dog, you feel an overall sense of wellness? It is not a mere personal experience of being outdoors, it is a universal one that has been validated by various scholars.
Many scientific studies have proven the advantages of spending time in nature on the overall health of mind and body. Among the advantages of greenery are boosting moods, lowering blood pressure, relieving stress, encouraging positive thinking, fostering emotional bonds, lessening some stress hormones, and inducing relaxation.
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Breathing in a boost in our immune system
What is it about being in nature that gives a positive effect on our bodies? One study traces the effects to phytoncides, or essential oils, naturally occurring in trees, plants, and some fruits and vegetables. The forest emits them as antimicrobial agents. And as these essential oils waft through the air, we breathe in their benefits, especially in boosting the immune system.
The prescribed amount of time of truly being in and experiencing nature is at least 20 to 40 minutes a day. A stress-free and healthful life can be beneficial if you have easy access to green spaces. Thankfully, there are still areas in the Philippines where you are just a hop and a skip away from grass and trees, while surrounded by amenities of modern everyday living.
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Living near nature
At some Avida developments, you can immediately see the blue sky above and greeneries all around you. Avida Village North Point, an Ayala Land Estate, for example, is nestled in the environmentally rich city of Talisay, which is less than half an hour’s drive away from Bacolod.
Within a secure, gated community are amenities to get you and your family out of your house. There’s a swimming pool, playground, basketball court, and connecting parks. It’s a healthful environment that will get you moving while being able to come home to soothing surroundings. Approximately eight kilometers north of Bacolod City proper, Avida Village North Point is also strategically located near the airport, schools, and commercial establishments.
Another Avida development in Western Visayas that provides its residents the open space and slice of green is Avida Village Iloilo. Located in the quaint town of Pavia near schools, churches, and malls, the 24-hectare development is also accessible to nature. It has a main park and pocket gardens. Avida Village Iloilo provides community amenities for your family’s lifestyle and convenience.
Curious to find out what it’s like to come home to place with the suburban charm and rustic appeal of Bacolod and Iloilo? Visit Avida Land to find out more about these two developments that will put you close to modern conveniences without sacrificing the open space and greenery.