Choosing a place to retire can be a difficult task, but recently some information was released that may help with this decision. The website RealAge.com released a list of the 10 “youngest” cities in America, meaning that its residents had such healthy lifestyles that they are physically several years younger than their chronological age.
The website offers an online health survey that’s been taken by over 27 million participants. The survey had respondents answer health oriented questions like their sleeping and smoking habits. Sample information was taken from 1,000 men and women from 50 of the largest U.S. cities. The data was adjusted so that cities with older residents were not punished.
The top three “youngest” cities with the healthiest habits were Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Austin. The residents of these cities and the others in the top ten made it there by not smoking and having great fitness, eating and sleeping habits.
Keith Roach, M.D., with Weill Medical College of Cornell University says, “with good public transportation and where it's easier to get to places by walking, those cities tend to do relatively well." Being more active has a positive effect on your chances of avoiding heart disease and cancer.
If your city doesn't have healthy habits, don't panic. Roach says, "It's important to realize that even if you're in a city with the worst habits, it doesn't mean you have to have them. Your job is to take care of you."
The bottom line is whether or not your city or city of interest made the list you should still aim to maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle.