Salt Lake City Named Fittest City in U.S.

Men's Fitness magazine's annual survey rates the top 50 U.S. cities

By: By Christine Trang

In the February 2009 issue of Men’s Fitness magazine, Salt Lake City was named the Fittest City in America. This was determined from the magazine’s annual survey, which rates the top 50 U.S. cities with the strongest commitment to health and fitness. For the past 11 years, the magazine has worked closely with a research firm to collect information regarding convenience and ease of access to fitness centers, air quality and television viewing habits.

“We have a unique fusion of sophisticated metropolitan living that meshes naturally with some of the most spectacular outdoor activities in the country,” said Scott Beck, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is an ideal place for anyone who wants a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing the perks of a thriving cultural hub.”

For ski lovers, Salt Lake City offers four world-class resorts, including Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude. In addition, Salt Lake City is home to a number of biking, walking and hiking trails that offer access to the Wasatch Mountain range, the backdrop of the city.

Residents of Salt Lake City’s metro region also report participating in a number of outdoor activities, including racquetball, tai chi, swimming and kickboxing.

Salt Lake City has also been named the best city for women in the January 2009 issue of Women’s Health, and the third best city for men in the February 2009 issue of Men’s Health.