We love the New Year – it provides the perfect clean slate and the chance (and motivation) to transform your lifestyle. While you can make positive changes anywhere – and any time of the year, for that matter – some places are better suited to helping you reach your goal of a healthier, happier you. And a vacation is always nice, right? So check out Oyster.com’s top 5 destinations that will improve your lifestyle – and get working towards your total transformation!
Ranked by PETA as one of the most veg (and vegan)-friendly cities in the country, Washington, D.C. is a great place to transform your diet. Going vegetarian has been proven to be good for your heart (the increase of nuts in a vegetarian’s diet lessens their chance of developing heart disease), your skin (you’ll have a healthy glow in no time), and your immune system – and D.C. has tons of vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants. But even if you’re just looking to increase your veggie intake (without completely swearing off meat), D.C. is a good place to be. With the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” nutrition initiative, the capital is all about you getting your three to four servings of fruits and veggies (each!) every day!
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If you’re more interested in the movement part of “Let’s Move,” you’ll want to head to Seattle, which was recently ranked the most active city in the US. It may rain 150 days out of the year in Seattle, but that doesn’t keep residents from getting outdoors (or at least to the gym) to get a good workout in. They also watch less TV and play fewer video games to avoid ultimate couch potato status (currently held by Lexington, Ky. – the least active city in the country). So do like the locals do and run along the beach at Discovery Park, bike part of the Urban Trail System, or kayak on Lake Union – anything that gets your heart pumping is a good start to getting active and transforming your lifestyle!
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Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu is one of the happiest cities in the country – and it’s no wonder! With ocean breezes and sunny skies, it’s as if the people there are on a perpetual vacation – whether they are just visiting or live on the island year-round. To be ranked as one of the happiest cities, there’s a strict criteria, but Honolulu passed all of the tests with flying colors: everything from personal life evaluation and physical health to emotional health and work satisfaction. Outdoor exercise is one of the best ways to boost your endorphins – get your heart rate up (and work on your tan) surfing, paddle-boarding, or simply swimming in Hawaii’s clear waters. So head to Honolulu and get happy!
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New York City
It may be a bustling metropolis – with tons of traffic and a skyline dominated by high-rises, but New York City is nonetheless one of the greenest cities in the country. How? Well, residents are great about recycling and a vast majority of them commute to work – we’re talking about a “carpool” in the hundreds when you think about the hordes of people on the subway! Even more green, New Yorkers often choose to walk – always a healthy choice – rather than hail a cab and with Bloomberg’s recent expansion of bike lanes, cycling has become a popular mode of transportation. The greener you live, the healthier you (and the earth) are – it’s a win-win!
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Boston is continually ranked as one of the most stress-free cities in the country. Stress has a large (negative) impact on your day-to-day life – it can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and migraines, just to name a few of the unwanted side effects. Even if you are employed and don’t have to deal with a long, jarring commute (two major factors in a person’s stress level), you can suffer from second-hand stress if you’re surrounded by continually stressed-out people. That’s why Boston is a great place to visit to work on transforming your lifestyle – with a positive health initiative, a great healthcare system, and active (and employed) residents, it can inspire you to free yourself of worries. Even if you can’t make it to Boston, adopt the relaxed Beantown attitude through meditation or yoga – the less stress in your life, the better!
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