Washington D.C. is the healthiest city in USA and Minneapolis – St. Paul got demoted to #2 after holding the top spot for three straight years. But what makes one city a healthy place to live, and another the opposite? The ranking assesses the “Health and Community Fitness Status of the US cities. Here are America’s fittest cities, and the best workouts to try in each.
Did you know the nation’s capital is also the healthiest city across the US? Go for a morning run along the National Mall for breathtaking and inspiring views, rent a paddle boat to cruise around the Tidal Basin and soak up some sun while you learn some history and national pride.
Minneapolis – St. Paul
Bike the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway along the Mississippi River with scenic views of the cities, and visit Taylors Falls Interstate State Park on the St. Croix river for some kayaking through the rapids. Fewer than 14 percent of residents smoke, while more than 87 percent participate in physical activities on a regular basis.
There are so many outdoor activities in Denver including rock climbing and hiking at Mount Evans. Try river rafting in Glenwood Springs, a little over two hours west. And less than 40 minutes north of Denver is Boulder, where you’ll find tons of rock climbing, skiing, and snowboarding.
Portland is home to Nike and Adidas and is one of the sportiest cities in US. Do an outdoor workout at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, or go for a trail run or hike in Forest Park. This active, outdoorsy, healthy city is abundant with exercise and healthy-eating options like Bamboo Sushi!
With temperate weather and plenty of parks, San Francisco is full of fitness opportunities. Walk the hills – great workout, bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, run through the Embarcadero, or hike the trail at Land’s End. Although a small city, it’s quite lively with plenty of activities to fill your day.
Kerry Park is a gorgeous area to go for a run or for any outdoor workout with spectacular views of the city skyline. You can also run around Green Lake, or grab kayaks and paddle around Lake Union to get views of downtown. If you’re looking to get into the breathtaking redwoods, they’re only 15 minutes away.
Boston is famous for its marathon, so it might be a crime not to run along the Charles River. Boston is packed with studios, including Back Bay Yoga, SoulCycle, Barry’s Bootcamp, and Boston Body Pilates, meaning you’ll have plenty of options to try both big-brand and local studios while you’re in town.
Salt Lake City
With access to Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley for snowboarding and skiing and plenty of Summer activities like hiking, mountain biking, and trail runs, there’s so much to do in Utah.
The tiny town of Hartford, CT, boasts several fitness studios and gyms, including Hartford Sweat — a yoga, barre, and Zumba studio. Hit the jogging path in Elizabeth Park through the gardens, or do some yoga in historic Bushnell Park.
America’s Finest City is also one of America’s healthiest. Sunny San Diego boasts near-perfect weather year round, making for an ideal outdoor fitness environment. Learn to surf in gentler waves or try your hand at famed breaks; hike Torrey Pines State Park, run along the beach, kayak through the caves in La Jolla Cove, or SUP in Mission Bay.
In San Diego, 77 percent of residents engaged in physical activity in the last 30 days and just 23 percent are obese. Almost 40 percent of San Diegans eat at least two servings of fruit a day and 20 percent eat three or more servings of vegetables a day, well above the national average.
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