The City Benefit
Sunday, February 10, 2013
I'm an urban planning grad student, so I must admit I'm a little biased towards cities. I recently came to a realization that makes me love them even more! I've realized that just being in a city makes me a healthier person.
1) I'm completely reliant on public transit, which means I do a lot of walking. And because everyone's on transit, I spend more time standing for my journey than sitting.
2) I'm way less inclined to stop at a fast food restaurant. Before I lived in a big city, I drove instead of taking the train most days. On days I drove, I was always tempted to stop at Wendy's on my way home for a big order of french fries and a soda. I could order it from the drive-thru and eat it in the car -- no one would be the wiser.
I think part of the reason I haven't been to a fast food restaurant in over a year is two-fold. In the city, there are so many other quick options for when you need to eat something. My favorite place is a local coffee shop that has at least one delicious, hearty vegan soup every day. The second reason is that I can't order and eat my fast food so anonymously in a city. I'd have to walk out with it. Eat it out in the open in front of people. So I just don't. And the cravings have gone away.
There are actually way more reasons I think cities are great for health (air pollution levels are another story, though), but these are the two biggies for me.