Austin #1 City for Fitness Tribes
MyFitnessPal.com compiled a list of the best U.S. cities for fitness tribes and Austin took the top rank. According to MyFitnessPal, fitness tribes are “a group of two or more people who team up to engage in healthy behavior, build healthy habits, or achieve a health or fitness goal.” Integrating a social aspect into getting healthy increases accountability and makes the experience more enjoyable, according to MyFitnessPal participants. As far as how a city plays into the fitness tribe phenomenon, the study results show the different aspects that make a city great for fitness tribes.
Overall, 3 out of the 10 top fitness tribe cities are located in the South. Austin - the top city - boasts more acres of parkland than the average U.S. city, which gives residents a lot of free outdoor places to get active and break a sweat. Austin also ranked highly in other key metrics, including group exercise opportunities, participatory sports, and endurance events; and the rate at which local MyFitnessPal users naturally tend to add friends on the app or share their food diaries.
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