In a survey, the nation’s largest 50 metropolitan areas were evaluated based on factors contributing to a fit and active lifestyle as people age. Cities were rated on life expectancy, cardiovascular health, and reported stress levels of boomers, as well as access to local health care and fitness resources.
Based on the survey's criteria, the top 10 fittest cities for boomers are:
- San Jose
- San Francisco
- Salt Lake City
- Washington, D.C.
- San Diego
- Raleigh, N.C.
"Baby boomers have redefined aging by their strong desire to maintain mobility and independence and live healthy, active lifestyles well into their 50s and beyond," said APTA member Alice Bell, PT. "Living in a fit city for baby boomers means you have many fitness and health care resources at your disposal.
"A city's attributes can have quite an impact on the health of baby boomers," said Huff/Post50 editor Shelley Emling. "Mass transit availability, access to fitness, and quality health care facilities do influence your health and lifestyle.”
However, boomers are a cohort that is highly individualized, Emling said. “We're in control of our own destiny, and this study is a great reminder that we can live healthier lives when we access the resources around us."