Location matters. Culture matters. Especially when it comes to exercise. And fitness.
According to the CDC, 77 percent of us are slugs. We fail to get enough exercise.
Mississippians are the worst. The best state when it comes to exercise and fitness is the one I’m not allowed to mention around the house. My wife thinks I believe this state is perfect. She’s tired of hearing about it. So I won’t mention it. At home. Continue reading
“Happy places are highly correlated with healthy food, walkability and lower rates of obesity.” (What Can We Learn from the World’s Happiest People?)
This helps explain why Boulder, Colorado is such a great place to live. Of all the places we’ve lived, Boulder was far and away the leader in healthy eating, fitness (including the nearly complete lack of obesity), and walkability (we walked just about everywhere and could access hiking trails at the edge of town).
Dan Buettner, in his new book, The Blue Zones of Happiness, identified six areas of influence within your control to positively affect happiness and contentment. Interestingly, Buettner found that where you live is a significant factor. In other words, if you’re not happy, move!
Happy locations include Denmark, Singapore, and Costa Rica. Some of the top places in the U.S. are San Luis Obispo, California; Boulder, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon.
Of course, as we know, social networks are key, too. If you want to be happier, bring happy, caring people into your lives.
We spent the first 58 years of our lives in Pennsylvania, with the exception of two in Virginia. Then we picked up and moved to Colorado. Why? Because we could.
That’s the short answer, Vera. Here’s the longer one. Continue reading