The rankings were based on a mix of things you’d expect, like obesity rates, and others you might not have, like access to parks (which we actually do pretty well on in terms of acreage).
For some of us, getting and staying fit seems easy, whatever city is home. But for a lot of us it takes determination and pointed planning to get around bad (or just not great) habits. Since spring’s a great time to rethink routines (and in light of this study), I gave some thought to ways we can make better choices and get healthier here in No. 45.
I think the best way to work toward that goal is to do some shopping every week at one of the many great Farmers Markets we have here in Middle Tennessee, from East Nashville to 12 South. I rounded up great Nashville-area Farmers Markets in the fall, and most (if not all) are in season now. (As I’m posting this, it’s a perfect time for particularly awesome strawberries.)
Make exercise fun
Obviously exercise is the other key to getting and staying fit, and if you love the gym, or running or yoga, you’re in good shape, figuratively and probably literally. A lot of us just can’t seem to get passionate about more traditional exercise options, and passion seems to be the key to sticking to a good habit.
For me, it helps to make staying-active choices fun, and two things contribute to that: teaming up with friends, and doing an activity that goes along with the word “play.”
Even just switching your lunch break to a ride instead of a drive could make a noticeable difference, right?
Make use of that park land we have
I’m glad we got points for our parks, because truly, from Antioch to Woodmont and all the letters in between, there’s a park close by that you can walk in, hike in or play in. Some have golf courses, which I’m a personal fan of; some have fitness centers, tennis courts and youth sports programs, pools and lots of other ways to get active. (We have more than 12,000 acres of open space here, including 108 Parks and 19 Greenways — not bad for No. 45.)
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