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7 Awesome Reasons Denver Residents Look and Feel So Good

I’ve lived in Denver for one month now, and by the end of the first week it was clear to me why Colorado as a state and Denver as a city own the top of the healthiest lists. From activity to fresh air and an attitude that supports wellness, how could anyone not feel their best here?

Year after year, Colorado remains at the top of the list for healthiest states. The CDC’s map of obesity trends starts in 1985, and it wasn’t until 1990 that Colorado even showed up for having less than 10 percent of its population qualify as obese. The most current map is from 2012 and puts Colorado as one of only nine states with an obesity population under 25 percent. Fitness and hiking clothes seem to be The Official Denver Outfit, as everyone at brunch, the park, the grocery store, and the office seem to be dressed down and ready to move!

While there are no doubt more, these are seven killer reasons that Denver residents look and feel so darn good!

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Very Bicycle Friendly. I’m confident I’ve seen more bicycles in the last four weeks than I’ve seen in the last four years. Whether for commutes, fun, or exercise, bicycles own the roads in Denver. As recent as 2011, bicycle commuters were 2.4 percent of Denver’s population, a number up 183% since 1990. Bike racks and lanes exist everywhere, making it a no-brainer for cyclists to get out and ride to work, to the grocery store, or just out for fun. B-Cycle has 83 rental stations and 700 bikes throughout the city, making it pretty impossible not to bike.

chipotle sofritas
Vegetarian Food Abounds. You can throw a stone and find vegetarian and even vegan dining options. Bonnie Brae makes a titillating homemade vegan ice cream, Native Foods has a mock fast food menu that will knock your socks off, and the locally-based Chipotle even puts sofritas (organic tofu braised with chilis and spices) on the menu. Every restaurant we’ve visited (and there have been a lot!) has hearty vegetarian options that even the most carnivorous will consider noshing on. The Goodness Truck roams around near Ft. Collins serving their grilled brie sandwich — to die! And all around the area you can dine at farm to table events.
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Colorado Reigns as Thinnest State in the U.S.

Colorado repeats as the slimmest state, despite a slight increase in obesity of 0.2 percent over three years. In connection with a previous ranking, Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado told CalorieLab, “We’re not spared from the national obesity epidemic, and we must remain vigilant in order to guard against it. We’re doing all we can to encourage Coloradans — especially our kids — to take advantage of the natural resources our state offers in order to stay fit, healthy and happy.”

Connecticut was the second skinniest state, with the District of Columbia third, with its three-year average obesity rate actually falling by 0.8 percent from last year. Alaska and Oregon were the only other states whose three-year average obesity rates fell.
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The Best Ski and Snowboard Resorts In The World

Fall is upon us, which means winter is right around the corner. Winter is one of my favorite times of the year due to the skiing/snowboarding season. Skiing and snowboarding are both great cardiovascular and lower leg strength and endurance workouts that will give you an intense, all day workout, but you’ll be having too much fun to even notice.

If you have never been skiing or snowboarding, I totally recommend you do so this season. Although skiing/snowboarding is a rather expensive hobby, getting off the chair lift and viewing the wide open snow covered wilderness is completely worth it! Check out the best ski/snowboard resorts in the world below!

Best Skiing/Snowboarding Resorts In The World:

  • Whistler/Blackbomb, BC Canada: Hands down, this is the best resort in the world, but lift tickets are $93 per day. This resort has over 200 trails with over 8,000 ski-able acres and the vertical drop is 5,280 feet. Simply amazing!
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Best Gyms In Denver

Denver is the capitol of Colorado, as well as the most populated city, with a population of over 610,000 people. It is known as ‘The Mile High City’ because of its mile high elevation. Denver’s climate consists of four distinct seasons that average around fifty degrees.

Denver is home to the largest airport by land mass in the United States with a grand total of fifty-three square miles of coverage. It is also home to the Denver Broncos (football), Colorado Rockies (baseball), Denver Nuggets (basketball), and the Colorado Avalanche (hockey). Denver is an extremely fit city due to the wide variety of outdoor activities, but for those who want to sweat inside, below are the best gyms that help keep the Denver population at their top fitness levels.
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Best Places to Run in Denver

denver cherry creek trailDenver, Colorado is among my top five favorite cities. It has something to offer everyone no matter what you enjoy. The Rockies are simply amazing and several ski resorts are just a short drive away. Denver is also a runner’s paradise. It offers hills and beautiful scenery along with fairly nice weather. Below are the best and safest places to run in Denver.

Best Places to Run in Denver

  1. Cherry Creek Bike Trail: Starts at Confluence Park and extends approximately 10 to 15 miles to the reservoir. Great scenery, but packed on the weekends.
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