Feel proud Denver! Once again Denver is ranked as one of the fittest cities in the country. In fact, in 2016 we climbed another 3 spots up to 3rd from our 6th place spot in 2015. To us who live in the Mile High City, it comes as no surprise. With acres of parks, miles of paths, and such perfect weather it’s hard not to be in shape.
Why is Denver Ranked so High?
There are many factors that are considered in the report to determine a cities fitness level. Surveys are conducted to determine physical activity, the number of parks and recreational facilities available to residents and even eating habits. In fact, Denver actually rated number 1 for Personal Health Factors because of the healthy eating habits, fitness levels and opportunities to work out in the metro. You can see the actual report on Denver here: http://americanfitnessindex.org/city/denver-co/
Is Everyone Working Out?
That is the elephant in the room isn’t it? For many of us, there are times when working out isn’t fun, or we just don’t have time. In a city with so many opportunities to be fit we need to be taking advantage of them. You don’t have to go to a gym full of the finest physical specimens of the world, or give up that occasional ice cream cone. Living healthy in Denver is easy.
Parks, Parks and a few More Parks
Here are a few numbers to get you going. Denver has over 4,000 acres of traditional parks, 85 miles of paved bike trails, which are connected to hundreds of dirt or gravel trails, many small lakes and over 14,000 acres of mountain parks. I should also point out if head west on I-70 you’ll find yourself in nature’s paradise with the ability to walk and hike in some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. For more information on Denver Parks click here.
Start Slow, Stay Slow, Just Go
I encourage you to get out of the house and enjoy your city. Honestly, we love helping people buy and sell homes in Denver, but even more, we love living here. I’ve met so many great people just walking around the neighborhood or throwing a Frisbee in Wash Park. You don’t have to start running a marathon the first day, just get outside and enjoy the scenery, the city and your neighbors. You’ll be surprised how great it makes you feel.
So what do you say? Next year, Number 1?
This is a city known for champions. Whether it is professional sports, academia, or award winning restaurants and brew pubs, Denver is a city of greats. Let’s make an effort to improve our lives, the health of our children, and the well-being of our city. We are fortunate to live in one of the greatest cities on the planet and we should be taking advantage of every square inch. Come on Denver, let’s be number 1. See you on the trails!