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Austin makes list of 10 fittest cities

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 20, 2014

Give yourself a pat on the well-muscled shoulders, Austin. We’ve made it to another list of the country’s fittest cities.

Austin ranks 10th in the Top 10 Fittest Cities in America list from Sharecare, an online health and wellness platform founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold.

Here’s the complete list:

  1. Denver
  2. San Francisco
  3. San Diego
  4. Boston
  5. Sacramento
  6. Seattle
  7. Portland, Ore.
  8. Salt Lake City
  9. Los Angeles
  10. Austin

Here’s what the company had to say about Austin. (An interesting angle, considering Austin has fewer public pools per capita than most cities its size):

“This Texas town is home to Hippie Hollow Park on Lake Travis, a clothing-optional public park where residents can swim, kayak and hike, adding fuel to the unofficial city slogan ‘Keep Austin Weird.’ Austin also has more than 50 public pools as well as plenty of opportunities for rock climbing, swimming and exploring along the greenbelt. This active lifestyle could be why Austinites rank low for stress. ‘Exercise is a great way for most people to relieve stress by lowering cortisol and baseline epinephrine,’ says Roach.”

For more information about each of the top cities, go to