The 20 Fittest Cities in America

The 20 Fittest Cities in America

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has compiled theirannual Top 10 list of the fittest cities in America and I’m proud to say I live in #3, Boston!  Here’s the list …

  • Minneapolis / St. Paul
  • Washington, DC
  • Boston
  • Portland, OR
  • Denver
  • San Francisco
  • Hartford
  • Seattle
  • Virginia Beach
  • Sacramento
  • San Jose
  • Richmond
  • San Diego
  • Cincinnati
  • Salt Lake City
  • Austin / Round Rock
  • Pittsburgh
  • Atlanta
  • Providence
  • Baltimore

To see the entire list, go here (it’s a PDF) and scroll down to page eight.

This is an annual study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine that compiles an American Fitness Index which looks at personal health, community, and environmental factors.

I can tell you that in Boston we have a combination of the Emerald Necklace, a string of parks that ring the city, as well as our crown jewel, the Charles River and its park called the Esplanade, which has beautiful vistas and lots of trails.  We also skew younger as a city which inherently means we’re more active.  I love living here for just those reasons; that and we’re only minutes from ocean beaches and a couple hours drive to the mountains.  This really is a cool place to be.

There are lots of factors people look at when they are choosing where to live, but what if where you lived could actually affect your longevity, or your kid’s longevity?  Would that make you think twice about where to purchase a home?

Our environment does have a lot to do with how we interact with the world.  I’d much rather be looking at some lovely trees than a concrete jungle.  How does where you live make you feel?  I’ve already talked about how working out outdoors can lift your mood.

Let me know you’re thoughts,