I live on a farm...in the country of course. Downside is we lives several miles to the nearest city. Takes almost 30 minutes to get to work. I use videos, youtube, or the walk track my husband made for me out back.
Working in Portland Oregon, I'm able to find "fast" food at the outdoor food carts that is quite often healthier than what I'd fix at home. We have 200 plus miles of trails, I wonder if I'll ever make it to them all!
I live in a NYC suburb and work in Manhattan and I feel like Manhattanites are slimmer than my suburban neighbors. I think the reason why NYC was ranked as a "fat" city is because it probably counted all 5 boroughs of NYC. The truth of the matter is that a lot of people who live in the outer boroughs (meaning not Manhattan) fall into the lower socioeconomic classes. Those who are poor tend to be more overweight. The people who live in Manhattan tend to fall into higher socioeconomic classes (hello? they can afford to live in Manhattan) and these are the people I see who tend to be slimmer. So the question isn't necessarily of city vs suburban living (although I think that in general suburban living does mean people sit on their behinds more and are therefore less active) but rather poor vs wealthy.
I think it's MUCH easier to get in a reasonable amount of walking if one lives in a city - at least, if you're in an area that allows you to walk to most/many of your destinations. It can be harder in smaller/mid-size cities where zoning restrictions may isolate housing from commercial spaces. I strongly believe that we need to re-think our views on zoning as well as prioritizing sidewalks in future roadway improvements.
I don't see it - I was just saying last weekend that everywhere I went in NYC there were healthy, slim people! I walked 15 miles in 2 days (tracked, not an estimate) and we didn't even do that much! Perhaps the unhealthy factors come more from things like pollution and stress?
I'm definitely healthier now that I've moved to a big city. I walk everywhere, or take public transportation, and only drive the car when absolutely necessary. Where I used to live, I lived only a mile from work, but couldn't walk because there weren't sidewalks and I would have been risking my life!
And, all this walking has an added bonus - my carbon footprint is smaller!
Plus, I don't really have the money to eat out a lot, so most of my meals are cooked from fresh ingredients.
Something that I LOVE about living in our city neighborhood: Most of my errand destinations are within running/walking distance! Most Saturday mornings I run with a sling bag to the post office, hardware store, grocery (we have two excellent smaller/cheaper markets within a few blocks), pharmacy. If I need to make more purchases than I can carry, I take a little cart. The church we attend is just 6 blocks from us, & most of the members live here in the neighborhood. I take public transportation to work, which means I do some fast walking every weekday to & from the train & bus. I have dumbbells, resistance band, & several exercise videos/DVDs at home. This summer I'm doing my strength training on the back porch, surrounded by flowers & herbs in pots & with a view of our building's peaceful garden. And if I want to run just to run, I have my choice of the lakefront or the sidewalks of our neighborhood, all lined with trees.
After living in suburbs for many years, I absolutely love city life & find that it really is MORE conducive to my health overall.
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