5 Undeniable Reasons Why Living in Baguio City Can Promote a Healthier Lifestyle and Longer Life
By Michael Sta. Ana
The Lagoon at Burnham Park
Being renowned as the City of Pines, Baguio City never failed to amaze the local and foreign tourists over the years. That’s why up to now, this summer capital city is still on the top 12 best local destinations in the Philippines, according to To Go Trip magazine on their December 2013 to January 2014 issue.
Because of its alluring beauty, the number of people who decided to move here is remarkably increasing each year and to suit this need, more and more homes, single detached and single attached houses, condominiums and commercial properties are being developed continuously. Though it's never a place for beach bummers, this place offers a peaceful, country-side living which one might want to consider adding to his or her bucket list.
Furthermore, Baguio City is also the best place that has the potential to maintain one's healthy lifestyle. As a matter of fact, there are some good reasons why you should consider retiring and building your home and family here. Though life can be a little simpler than in Metro Manila, this more than a century old city is far less stressful. Thus, this place promotes a longer life span.
In this article, let's then try to connect the dots so we can link the word 'healthy' to 'Baguio City'. Let's uncover what really this place can offer, how its physical characteristics can affect you and why you should then consider moving to this breathtaking paradise.
1. Its desirable, mild, cold climate can reduce some body fat
Though the air temperature often drops during the late and early months of the year, its average temperature of 15 to 23 °C has been proven beneficial to one’s health.
Aside from reducing the risk of heat strokes during summer, Harvard Health Publications commented on their January 2010 issue about the relationship between cold weather and the body's ability to burn more calories. Here's what they say:
"Dutch researchers reported findings that showed that moderately cool temperatures of 61° F (16°C) activated brown fat in 23 of 24 study volunteers. This is a good thing because brown fat burns calories more efficiently than white fat, and so may help control weight."
To those people who are conscious about their body weight, isn't this a good news for you?
2. Baguio's greenest plantation can make you live longer
Baguio City is also known for its prosperous and rich plantations of fruits, flowers and vegetables.
If you want to eat a healthier diet everyday and want to live longer, then this place is the best for you. At the city's public market, you will always notice vendors who sell quality and freshly harvested vegetables at a very reasonable price. Some common vegetables here are Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, French beans, Sugar beets, radish, asparagus, celery, broccoli and a lot more.
Here, you can also find stalls selling strawberries—one of the world's healthiest fruit that's so rich in anti-oxidant and other cancer-fighting organic chemicals.
3. This city can be your coolest, non-mechanical treadmill
Baguio is the most elevated city in the Philippines, so no wonder, you'll always find yourself walking along its hilly streets and on its up and down terrains.
Did you know that by simply walking alone the inclined slope of Session Road could already help you improve your cardiovascular fitness? Additionally, walking on an inclined terrain (like most of the roads here) can also improve your aerobic capacity and can build your leg strength.
Isn't this is another good news to those who always want to be fit and sexy?
4. The city's fresh, cool air means healthier lungs for everyone!
Aside from giving enough shade, the tall pine trees that seem to be Baguio city's long-lived treasures also provide cleaner air and give out more oxygen.
Since the urbanizing and growth of the city today looks unstoppable, these big trees play a significant role of purifying the air from motor vehicle exhaust—the number one contributor of air-pollution.
5. Baguio City is the Philippines' lost "Garden of Eden"
There are no tall and luxury megastructures here, but one of the highlights of the city is its refreshing mountain sides and alluring broad horizon that offer everyone a relaxing and calming feeling.
Stress is one of the major causes of illnesses, but here in Baguio City, it’s significantly reduced due to the region's incomparable, beautiful sceneries.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the physical environment can greatly impact one's state of health. In the case of Baguio City, I guess this place can provide all the positive and 'refreshing' benefits like no any other cities can.
In the next few years, Baguio City will be everyone's new home. Though people today may see this place only as another joyful destination, any time soon, more and more people will get to realize how this place can change their way of life to a healthier and a better one.
If you feel that it’s now time for you to locate your new home, why not consider Baguio City too? This city now offers great real estates properties--from affordable condominium units to single-detached house and lots. If you think that you want to start your business here, there are some commercial spaces available in the city too, that can give you a very promising return of investment. Spend the rest of your life with your family here and for sure, it's going to be prosperously long.