If you're struggling to find an innovative new way to kick-start your fitness habits, you may want to consider where you live. It turns out that some cities have a healthier environment and produce more fitness-minded residents. These top cities are among the best in the country for those seeking a fit lifestyle.
Portland, Oregon—Where Bicyclists Rule
Bicycling.com ranked Portland second in the country for its bike-friendliness. Traffic signals have bike-only areas, and bicycle parking is widely available. National Geographic called it one of the best cities in the country for hiking as well, with a range of trails that can cater to any skill level. With several picturesque parks to explore, it's easy to stay fit outside the gym.
San Francisco, California—For Healthy Eating
Bicycling.com named San Francisco the sixth most bike-friendly city in the country. With a bike shuttle across the Bay Bridge in rush hour and room for bikes on the commuter rails, cyclists find it easy to get around. National Geographic highlighted San Francisco as a great spot for hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and climbing. Mount Tamalpais State Park is just 20 miles north of the city. The San Francisco-Oakland area is also home to the healthiest eaters in the country with residents consuming an average of 35.9 servings of fruit and vegetables each week.
New York, New York—For Fit Foot Traffic
Ranked eighth on Bicycling.com's list of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, areas like Central Park make New York a welcoming spot for cyclists. New York City is a great spot for trail running as well, with Central Park and Pelham Bay Park offering miles of picturesque options. Most residents commute on foot, making this one of the best places to live without a car. The Newark-Long Island area even ranks second in the country for the healthiest eaters.
Salt Lake City, Utah—Where Gyms are Everywhere
Salt Lake City offers a variety of activities for fitness freaks. The city ranks sixth in the country for most gyms and fitness centers, with 41 total. This works out to about 36.5 gyms per million people. National Geographic named this one of the best U.S. cities for hiking trails. Stunning 10,000-foot peaks are just 20 minutes from the city, so you're not confined to urban spaces if you want to stretch your legs.
Washington, D.C.—Fitness Along the Potomac
Washington, D.C.'s bike-sharing program was among the first in the country. With 10 miles of signed routes and 11 miles of bicycle lanes, the capital is continuously making it easier for people to get around by bike. Men's Fitness ranked Washington, D.C. in the top eight cities for trail running in the U.S., with 830 miles of existing or planned trails. National Geographic highlighted it as one of the best cities for a hike thanks to nearby trails along the Potomac River.
If you're looking for a new city to call home that will cater to your fit lifestyle or help you improve your fitness habits, these locations are all smart picks.