Fittest Cities: Outdoor Exercise
Best Cities for Outdoor Exercise
8 Cities Best Fit for Outdoor Exercise
Granted, Minneapolis might not inspire you to get active on any of the 154 annual days when the temp is below 32….but the brutal winters seem to make residents extra-passionate about the outdoors during the months of the year when they can venture out in them. Every resident lives within six blocks of a park (there are 170) and most are filled with hiking, biking, and skiing trails and, often, lakes—there are 22 within city limits, the most famous of which are the Chain of Lakes, where you can swim, row, sail, canoe, or ice skate, depending on the season. The city boasts the most golfers per capita of any in the nation, and they can tee off at seven public courses. Last year, Bicycling magazine named Minneapolis the most bike-friendly city in America because of its 46 miles of commuter lanes, 84 miles of off-street trails, and its dedicated and supportive cycling community. And the intrepid residents don’t let the weather keep them indoors. “The city is very good at clearing its main streets so die-hard runners and walkers always have sidewalks available for their daily bouts of exercise,” says Jared Meacham.
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