Exercise that is. Shape magazine listed the top 10 fittest cities in their June issue. They based their rankings on commitment to public parks and bike lanes, and active citizens with low rates of obesity, smoking, and chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. The American College of Sports Medicine partnered with Shape for its annual American Fitness Index (AFI). Want to know who where made the list?
- Washington, DC
- Minneapolis/St. Paul
- Portland, Oregon
- Sacramento, California
- San Francisco
- Hartford, Connecticut
- AUSTIN, TEXAS BABY!
Gotta brag on my hood for a sec. According to this article, Austinites are significantly less obese than the rest of the country. Austin ranks near the top in terms of city parkland (there are 220 in the area) and has a young, highly active community and low rates of chronic disease like asthma, heart disease, and diabetes. GO ATX!
It’s easy to be active around here and I proved it with a nice 6 mile run this morning followed by some ab work. I took it to the streets this morning rather than the typical weekday treadmill and ran through 3 parks with multiple trails all within 2 miles of my house. How’s that for proving the above park statement?! It was crazy humid and I looked like I’d been swimming rather than running when I was finished, but time outdoors was worth the sauna-style run.
I think the parks and active community is what makes Austin special. I love it here!
What makes your city special?