The American College of Sports Medicine released a study last week listing the 16 fittest cities in America, with San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston rounding out the top three. Not to put too much stock in lists of this kind (I used to live in the second dumbest city in America, according to a list Men’s Health Magazine put out a few years ago), but I was surprised that the Denver/Boulder area did not make the cut, when places like Houston and Riverside, CA did.
I moved here about six months ago from Washington, DC (ranking at number 4). Shortly after my arrival, I had dinner with a couple from Boulder who also used to live in DC and they joked that while the question in DC is “Where do you work?” the question here is “What’s your sport?” I met someone else who moved here from New York City (number 9 on the list) and she said that people thought she was a professional athlete for making it to the gym more than three times a year. I’ve moved around a fair amount and Denver feels like one of the fittest, most active places I’ve ever lived. It’s hard for me to even drive by Wash Park on a nice day without wanting to pull over and start jogging or join in a Volleyball game.
Oh, well. I guess we’ll just have to start training twice as hard and maybe we’ll make the list next year.