Being fit is more than just working out, lifting weights and running on a treadmill. It’s about a healthy diet and lifestyle. People who live in active cities tend to live longer lives. Staying active is easier than it may seem; you don’t always need to break a sweat in the gym.
Believe it or not, your city’s infrastructure plays a vital role in your active lifestyle. Climate and temperature contribute to the range of outdoor activities at your disposal. Living in Hawaii allows you to frequent the beach and participate in water sports, such as surfing, diving and paddle boarding, while living in Colorado gives you access to some of the best winter sports in the country, including skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
According to the CDC, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese; related conditions include heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. This comes as a shock because the fitness industry is at an all-time high. “In 2014, U.S. fitness centers had a total membership of more than 54 million. The U.S. fitness centers market consists of about 34,000 membership-based exercise facilities” (statista). That being said, we still question the incline in obesity rates.
Fortunately, you don’t always need a fitness facility to stay fit. You just need a city that provides a healthy environment. Boston and Portland hold yearly runs to keep their community fit and involved. While Sacramento and Durham have local farmers markets to purchase locally grown food.
This is our geographical breakdown of America’s 25 fittest cities; it is based on infrastructure, air pollution outdoor activities and death rates. These cities tend to have residents that lead active lifestyles resulting from adventure sports and parks and recreation.