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SLO cracks the top 5 in list of fittest communities in the U.S.

James Henderson takes an afternoon hike up the trail near Lizzie Street in San Luis Obispo. The survey ranked the percentage of people who exercise at least 30 minutes three days a week or more.
James Henderson takes an afternoon hike up the trail near Lizzie Street in San Luis Obispo. The survey ranked the percentage of people who exercise at least 30 minutes three days a week or more. The Tribune

San Luis Obispo keeps raking in the accolades.

We’re the healthiest, the happiest and now one of the fittest communities in the United States, according to a recent Gallup-Sharecare poll based on 2016 data.

San Luis Obispo, which the survey defines as the San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande area, ranked third, just below Boulder, Colorado, and Fort Collins, Colorado. The rankings were based on the percentage of respondents in each of 189 communities in the United States who reported that they exercise 30 or more minutes for three or more days in the past week, according to the survey.

Sixty-seven percent of SLO-area residents reported exercising regularly, and with no shortage of outdoor activities in our area, that’s not surprising.

The lowest-ranking communities all hailed from the Midwest and South. Several of the lowest-ranking communities were in Ohio, and the lowest on the list was the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area in North Carolina.

Here’s the top 10 “highest exercise communities” in the United States:

1. Boulder, Colorado

2. Fort Collins, Colorado

3. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande

4. Greeley, Colorado

5. Santa Rosa

6. Honolulu, Hawaii

7. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina

8. Anchorage, Alaska

9. Clarksville, Tennessee

10. Chico

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Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

Trail Peek founders Zach and Dane Petersen take you on a mountain bike ride down Cerro Alto, on Highway 41 between Morro Bay and Atascadero. It's one of the highest points in San Luis Obispo County.

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