Never have we ever appreciated open spaces and plants and trees as we have today when our well-being benefits so much from them.
Several studies show that exposure to green spaces, fresh air, natural sunlight, and even coastal life offers physical and mental health benefits.
“Spending time in nature certainly makes us feel healthier, but until now the impact on our long-term well-being hasn’t been fully understood,” said Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett, lead researcher of the study about the benefits of spending time outside by the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School.
Living close to nature, the study found, reduces risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, premature death, and preterm birth. Exposure to green spaces also reduces blood pressure, heart rate, and stress.
Alexis Ortiga, senior assistant vice president of projects and sales at Costa Del Hamilo Inc., highlights the new open living concept that its beach-resort community in Batangas pursues.
“Approximately 40 percent of the community is dedicated to lush greens, pedestrian pathways, bike lanes, and roads,” Ortiga said of Sola, the first horizontal development of Hamilo Coast and considered the first premiere sustainable lot development in Pico De Loro Cove.
Sola is a gated 2.7-hectare community with access to 1.5-kilometer of white sand beach and a 4-hectare man-made lagoon. The nature-centric development integrates multiple locators, including a hotel, beach and country club, mid-rise residential buildings, and the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel.
“The Central Parks provide a nuclear amenity which include serene and functional spaces where you can take a stroll or jog along tree-lined trails, play your heart out at the nature-inspired playground, or just lounge and relax for some well-deserved ‘me’ time,” Ortiga added.
The community suits families who desire a seaside lifestyle. In fact, Origa earlier said, more than 50 percent have sold since its launch a few months ago.