Shinrinyoku: Forest Bathing. The Japanese believe that taking walks in the forest is like bathing in the forest air and sunlight. The word "shinrinyoku" translates to "forest bath." Many studies have proven the benefits of shinrinyoku. A walk through the forest drops blood sugar to healthy levels. Phytoncides are antimicrobial organic compounds that are emitted by forest plants into the air. Some of these compounds can boost the immune system, reduce fatigue, and lower blood pressure.