The most popular New Year’s resolution for 2017 was to get healthy, according to data from Twitter. But ubiquitous fast food, crowded gyms and expensive personal trainers are just a few of the obstacles people in the largest urban areas face when trying to embrace a healthy lifestyle. In its fourth annual study, SmartAsset has uncovered the top 10 fitness-friendly places for 2018. Some highlights from the analysis include that seven of last year’s best performers finished in the Top 10 again.
10. Boulder, Colorado
9. Ames, Iowa
8. Harrisonburg, Virginia
While Harrisonburg has plenty of fitness professionals to choose from (third-most per capita in the study) they can be expensive. BLS data shows the average personal trainer earns $20 per hour here.
7. State College, Pennsylvania
6. Napa, California
5. Bend-Redmond, Oregon
Last year’s fourth place finisher drops one spot. This metro has a large number of fitness professionals and fitness establishments, so whatever your fitness needs you should find someone here who can help. However, getting that help may get expensive. BLS data shows personal trainers earn $19.44 per hour, a below average score for this study.
4. Ocean City, New Jersey
3. Iowa City, Iowa
2. La Crosse-Onalaska, Wisconsin-Minnesota
This metro area jumped up five spots from last year to finish second. The area improved its scores in both the number of fitness professionals per 10,000 workers and the number of fitness establishments per 10,000 establishments. In fact, La Crosse-Onalaska now has the fifth-highest density of fitness professionals in the study.
1. Missoula, Montana