By Alyssa Shaffer
May 20, 2010

With the lowest obesity rate of any metropolitan area in the country and the highest amount of money spent on parks per capita, San Francisco lives up to its reputation as one of the healthiest cities in the world. Residents here appreciate fresh food (there's an abundance of farmers' markets) and like to get outdoors.

Hot trend in town

TRX classes are packed at gyms like Crunch, Bay Club, and Sports Club/LA, as well as at the more focused TRX Training Center ( The sessions here use a series of specialized straps and pulleys to work against gravity and tone your arms, legs, shoulders, glutes, and core.

Residents Report: "Why I love this city!"

"You won't find a better workout than running up the nearly 300-step Lyon Street stairs. When you get to the top, the view is incredible- and it does wonders for your butt."

- JULIE TSAI, 35, creative director

Healthiest hotel

Guests at the stylish Hotel Kabuki in Japantown get free day passes (if you book online) to the popular nearby Kabuki Springs & Spa, which features traditional Japanese-style baths, a hot pool and cold plunge, as well as sauna and steam rooms. From $139;

Eat here

Local and organic ingredients are front and center at the aptly named Plant Café ( Its three locations throughout the city serve up everything from raw juices and smoothies to handmade seasonal pasta and market-fresh fish.