Even though we all know the basics of living a healthy life — eat well, exercise, practice mindfulness — we don’t all act accordingly. Maybe it’s because of poor time management or lack of access to the necessary resources; or maybe it’s just a matter of where you live.
“You can live a life filled with vitality and good health just about anywhere in the world,” said Claudia Wallis, editor of TIME’s new book Healthiest Places to Live: Lessons from the Top Spots for Fitness, Nutrition and Aging Well. “Bet let’s face it: it’s easier to do in some places than others.”
Here are the 10 healthiest places to live in the United States, according to Wallis:
1. Honolulu, Hawaii
Aloha! According to the Hawaiian law, “The Aloha Spirit is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the Self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others.” This concept contributes largely, along with the laid-back culture, natural beauty and healthy foodways, in making Honolulu the best place for lifelong health.
As the book states, “Honolulu placed in the top five communities overall in Gallup’s U.S. Community Well-Being tracker, which rates nearly 200 of America’s largest cities on a variety of health behaviors, outcomes and attitudes.”