One of the best parts of living in Idaho is the great outdoors. Getting outside and enjoying the natural beauty of the Gem State is a luxury that no Idahoan should take for granted. Unfortunately, the weather drops drastically in the winter and many of us hunker down and don’t have time to enjoy the outdoors as much as we’d like. With these long winters, staying active can often be difficult, but when the weather permits, most of us enjoy getting outside and being active in some shape or form. When it comes to living in the best places to live an active life, how does Idaho compare to other places in the country?
The best and worst cities for an active lifestyle
Getting outside and enjoying an active lifestyle is not only good for physical health, but also good for mental health. Certain cities come to mind when you think of an active lifestyle, and most of them are located in warm coastal states. WalletHub recently released a list of the top 100 cities for active lifestyles, using categories like budget and participation and sports and outdoors. Honolulu was determined to be the best city for an active lifestyle, with San Francisco coming in second and New York City rounding out the top three. The worst city on the list is North Las Vegas, with Garland, Texas and Fort Wayne, Indiana not far behind to make up the bottom three.
Is Idaho Boise a good place to be active?
One Idaho city made the list, and not surprisingly, it was Boise. In terms of active lifestyle in the capital city, WalletHub ranked it 39. Boise is 48 in budget and participation and 34 in sports and outdoors. It’s surprising you don’t see Boise higher in sports and the outdoors when you consider how many people ski, snowboard, hike, play outdoor hockey and kayak in the summer. It makes you wonder how Twin Falls would compare to Boise when you see how more residents seem to enjoy the outdoors in the Magic Valley than those who live in the city.
While winter weather may slow us down, this list proves that Idahoans have it much better than other states. While some places have the benefit of year-round weather that allows them to be outdoors, Idaho doesn’t, but we still find ways to stay active. Keep up the active lifestyle in Idaho because not every place is blessed with as much activity as we are here in the Gem State.
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