Fittest Cities: 4. Seattle
Nearly 60 percent of Seattle residents say their vitals are in excellent or very good shape. Local officials are doing their part to keep Seattleites on the fit track (and get more locals to take up the exercise habit). Seattle spends more than twice the average of other metro areas on its 6,200 acres of parks, and the city prides itself on an extensive network of bike and pedestrian paths and much-used waterways.
Hot trend in town
With Microsoft's headquarters in nearby Redmond, Seattle's high-tech pedigree shows up in local gyms like the newly opened PotentRx (potentrx.com). Members receive a USB "Smart Key" with a precise exercise prescription that automatically sets the number of reps and resistance on the strength equipment and uses your heart rate to determine speed and incline on the cardio machines.
Residents Report: "Why I love this city!"
"I take my kayak out onto Lake Union just when the sun is coming up. The water is calm; I can usually spot all kinds of wildlife or just check out the scenery; and I get in some excellent cross-training, especially for my upper body and core."
-ROSE WETZEL,28, competitive runner and personal trainer
The Alexis Hotel gives your senses a workout along with your body: Go for a run through the impressive Olympic Sculpture Park just a few blocks away (ask the concierge for a jogging map), then relax in a private steam room. From $169; alexishotel.com
For just-off-the-boat-fresh sushi, head for Wasabi Bistro in Belltown (wasabibistro.net), which offers up a variety of traditional and inventive creations.