Swap January blues for January greens by starting the new year in healthy style. If you’ve overindulged during the festive season – and quite frankly, who hasn’t? – this list will have you back in shape, sharpish. Pick from spoiling spas, health-food restaurants, fitness classes and holistic centres. Namaste.
Enjoy fresh, healthy and inventive vegan fare at Green Bar
in Makati, whose luscious lures include falafel-stuffed pitta breads; guilt-free, milk-and-egg-free doughnuts; tofu-topped Asian bowls and more. Come in the morning for the breakfast burritos or refuel mid-afternoon with virtuous cupcakes, smoothies and hot drinks.
Give your soul and body a much-needed MOT at the LifeScience Centre
in Taguig. The centre offers personalised fitness programmes using its signature ‘LifeScience Pro’ system, which helps you achieve your health goals, taking into account nutrition, exercise and medicinal treatments. You’ll take a few health tests to help the wellness boffins develop your profile; they’ll then advise you accordingly.
Work up a sweat and a smile at Evolve Yoga and Fitness
, which offers an impressive range of classes for all levels. The studio is located on Taguig’s One Parkade (just follow the Lycra-clad babes and bros heading there). Dive in at the deep end with the (admittedly terrifying-sounding) Inferno Hot Pilates classes; alternatively ease yourself in with a Gentle Flow, Yin Yoga or Candlelit Flow session. The studio also has a handy app to keep you fitness-focussed at all times.
Edible happiness is next on the agenda, so head to small, snug Susi
restaurant for vegetarian and gluten-free treats. Highlights include the ‘spag bol’ starring tofu and veggies, the chilli-con tofu and the dentist-approved chocolate-chip cookies.
Finally, before you retire to your plush, ‘I-never-want-to-leave’ bed at The Peninsula Manila
, pay a visit to the hotel’s pin-drop-peaceful spa, where a tempting array of treatments and a fleet of nimble-knuckled masseuses await. The spa boasts a tranquil setting, overlooking the pool and the tropical gardens; we’d book another Rebalancing Essential massage in a heartbeat…
/ 252 Sen Gil J Puyat Ave / Makati / +63 2 885 7537 / 9am-10pm daily / facebook.com
/ 8/F / ACCRA Law Tower / 2nd Ave cor 30th St / Bonifacio Global City / Taguig / +63 2 828 5433 / 7am-8pm Mon-Sat / lifescience.ph
Evolve Yoga and Fitness
/ G/F / One Parkade / 7th Ave cor 28th St Lane O / Taguig / +63 2 846 5496 / 6am-8pm Mon-Fri / evolve.com.ph
/ 2nd Ave / Taguig / +63 2 720 9164 / 10am-10pm daily / facebook.com
Spa at The Peninsula Manila
/ G/F / Makati Tower / Corner of Ayala & Makati Ave / Makati / +63 2 887 2888 / 7am-10pm / manila.peninsula.com