Would it surprise you to learn that on a 2017 list of the world’s healthiest cities, not a single U.S. city ranked? According to Mercer’s Quality of Living Index, the healthiest U.S. city is San Francisco, which sits 30th. Vienna (Austria) ranked highest for the ninth year in a row, followed by Zurich (Switzerland). Auckland (New Zealand) and Munich (Germany) tied to round out the top three.
This index takes a number of factors into consideration to determine the cities that boast the best living conditions. While these factors extend beyond fitness, quality of life and overall health are closely related. The world’s healthiest cities can teach us a thing or five about living happier, fuller lives.
Take a walk.
The cities with the highest reported quality of life are known for their walkability. Walking is a great way to explore and connect. Even if you don’t live in a place where commuting on foot is a viable option, just being outside and moving your body in a non-stressful way will benefit you! It can lower your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, while increasing circulation and improving your mood!
Catch a ride.
Public transportation reduces traffic, which means less pollution and less stress. Don’t have a good system in your area? Find a carpool buddy!
Soak in the sunshine.
Vitamin D and happiness go together like peanut butter and jelly. Summer sun is stronger than winter sun. While 10-20 minutes is enough solar exposure to reach an optimal Vitamin D dose in the warmer months, it takes up to two hours when it’s cold. Take a Vitamin D supplement and look forward to those sunny days at the beach.
Meet your friendly neighborhood farmers.
Farmers’ markets are a great way to buy fresh fruit and vegetables and support local businesses—and you might make some new friends too!
Find a balance.
The residents of the happiest cities know that work-life balance is tricky to find, but worth the effort. Even if you love your job, it’s crucial to have ways to unwind and to take a break from your routine every so often. Self-care is a great way to do this! With the all-natural ingredients of the Petal Fresh SuperFoods hair and body product lines, you can relax while the powerful formulas revitalize and restore.
We can’t all up and move to Vienna, but there are ways to make the most of where you live regardless of where in the world that is! Even small routine changes or the development of one new habit can make a huge difference in happiness and healthiness.