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This Laidback European Country Has the Fittest People on Earth

Wellness Outdoor News
by Olivia Harden Aug 27, 2021

It’s always important to make sure you’re getting enough physical activity to stay healthy. But now more than ever, exercise is an important way to stay healthy both mentally and physically against COVID-19. One recent study even suggested the lack of physical activity could more than double the risk of dying from the coronavirus.

As life gets busier and working from home grows in popularity, city-dwellers could find it more difficult to stay on the move and ensure an active lifestyle. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than a quarter of the world’s adult population is not active enough, failing to reach “at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes vigorous-intensity physical activity per week.”

So, the sporting goods company, Reebok conducted a study to see which cities were up and moving, and the answers might surprise you. The study used five metrics to determine each city’s ranking including the cost of a monthly gym membership, the number of people walking and cycling to work, the level of insufficient physical activity country-wide and the obesity rate country-wide, and other additional environmental metrics to determine the most actives cities (air quality and public green spaces).

The number one city was the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam. The average gym membership price is 41.87 euros ( about $50) with 17.4 percent of the population using a membership. But over 45 percent of workers in the city cycle to work, and 13 percent of the city is made up of green spaces in which to exercise and relax outside. The obesity rate in Amsterdam is just over 20 percent.

Copenhagen, Denmark, placed second with an obesity rate of just under 20 percent. The cost of a gym membership rivals Amsterdams at 38.38 euros (about $45) with a little under 19 percent showing up for workouts. 25 percent of the city is public space which is double that of Amsterdam, and 40 percent of cyclers make their way to work.

Rounding out the top three is Helsinki, Finland. Only 14 percent of people cycle to work in Finland, but the percentage of green spaces reaches 40 percent. The average cost of a gym membership is 40.71 euros ($48) and about 17 percent of the population takes advantage of their plentifulness.

Here’s a look at the top 20 cities around the globe that measure up.

  1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. Helsinki, Finland
  4. Oslo, Norway
  5. Valencia, Spain
  6. Marseille, France
  7. Vienna, Austria
  8. Stockholm, Sweden
  9. Berlin, Germany
  10. Madrid, Spain
  11. Prague, Czech Republic
  12. Barcelona, Spain
  13. Vancouver, Canada
  14. Zurich, Switzerland
  15. Vilnius, Lithuania
  16. Ottawa, Canada
  17. Geneva, Switzerland
  18. Montreal, Canada
  19. Ljubljana, Slovenia
  20. Dublin, Ireland

Check out the full study to see which cities shape up.

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