From city-run softball and volleyball leagues to cycling and soccer programs designed specifically for youths and adults with disabilities, residents here are an active bunch, with more than half working out on a regular basis. They also score their healthy rep by eating right (Sacramento ranks highest in fruit and vegetable consumption) and living well: Smoking rates are among the lowest in the country.

Hot trend in town

Boot camps are suddenly everywhere here. One of the most popular, Fitness Rangers Bootcamp (, is a six-week program run out of local parks that incorporates calisthenics in a circuit-style format.

Residents Report: "Why I love this city!"

"I never get bored with my workouts here. I'll do boot camp one week and cardio kickboxing or dance classes the next. On the weekend I might go for a hike or water-ski on the Sacramento River. It's the perfect place for anyone who needs variety in their routine!"

- DRISHA LEGGITT, 47, executive director of a nonprofit

Healthiest hotel

At the Sheraton Grand-housed in the restored historic Public Market Building-you can work up a sweat anytime at the spacious, fully equipped fitness center or head out for some laps around the 40-acre California State Capitol Park nearby. The bike shop next door makes renting two wheels easy-peasy. From $119;

Eat here

Dine on fresh, seasonal Mediterranean fare like wood oven–roasted Portobello mushrooms or hand-cut rosemary noodles at local favorite Paragary's Bar and Oven (