Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm Moving to One of the Fittest Cities in America

My fiance and I are moving to Austin! It's always been one of our favorite cities and he's a University of Texas alum so when his dream job popped up and my company gave me the okay to work from home, we jumped at the chance to move there. To be honest, we leaped, kicked, screamed and freaked out at the idea of moving to Austin. Here's what Shape magazine has to say about Austin:


Texans might like things big, but Austinites are significantly less obese than the rest of the country. Austin ranks near the top in terms of city parkland (there are 220 in the area), but it also has a young, highly active community and low rates of chronic diseases like asthma, heart disease, and diabetes. One of Austin's features that makes it easy to be active is Lady Bird Lake in the middle of the city. Locals run or walk along the surrounding trail and kayak or row on the lake.

Hot trend in town
Austin is the home of Lance Armstrong, so road cycling is a popular pastime. You can find group rides for every ability year-round through the Austin Cycling Association (austincycling.org).

Residents Report: "Why I love this city!"
"I like being surrounded by lakes, rivers, and parks. I used to row crew at the University of Texas, and I still go sculling on Lake Austin. I'm never alone out there!"
—DARLENE FISKE, 39, public relations executive

Healthiest hotel
Retreat to the Lake Austin Spa Resort for more than 100 indulgent spa services, fitness classes, and activities from stability ball training to stand-up paddle boarding. The innovative, healthy cuisine is prepared from vegetables and herbs harvested from the resort's own organic garden. From $518, including all meals, classes, and activities;lakeaustin.com

Eat here
The 80,000-square-foot Whole Foods (wholefoodsmarket.com) at Sixth St. and Lamar is the company's flagship store, located blocks away from where the chain first began as a small neighborhood grocer three decades ago. There's even an on-site cooking school.

1 comment:

Jim P said...

"80,000-square-foot Whole Foods"

Now that's a big Whole Foods store. Impressive!