After the excesses of Christmas and New Year, a lot of us are look to make healthier food choices and exercise more regularly to shed some of the weight we’ve put on during the festive period.
From drinking kale smoothies to booking onto every Parkrun within a five-mile radius, we try to take every step possible to stick to our new year’s resolution and live a healthier life. Staying healthy on holiday can sometimes be difficult, we let ourselves indulge and take our eye off the calorie counting and daily workouts because “we’re on our holidays”.
This doesn’t have to be the case as research from TravelSupermarket has revealed the world’s healthiest cities. The study ranked 100 cities and took into consideration a range of factors including the amount of parks, spas and gyms, the number of health shops and vegan friendly restaurants to find the healthiest city.
If you’re looking for a health-conscious city break then Paris is the place for you. The French capital topped the list scoring 61.87 out of 100 on TravelSupermarket’s metric. The ‘City of Lights’ is home to almost 900 spas and over 100 parks and green space, ideal for both relaxation and enjoying a morning run.
Also in the top five was Barcelona which is the king when it comes to meat-free food options. The Catalan capital boasts over 1,300 vegan restaurant options and 88 health food shops, so there is no chance of being tempted by indulging while holidaying in this city.
Further afield, both Miami and San Francisco featured in the top 10 with the pair also championing vegan eating with over 500 restaurant choices each. At the other end of the spectrum both London and Berlin failed to break into the top 50 ranking 67th and 64th respectively.
Emma Coulthurst, travel commentator at TravelSupermarket, said: “We are part of a generation that prioritises health and wellness more than ever before – this means tourist destinations will have to consider tourists’ needs and cater for the healthy lifestyles of travellers.
“Providing facilities such as gyms, fitness classes in hotels, a range of healthy meal options in restaurants, that also cater for specific dietary requirements, and spas around their cities are all great ways to increase the chance of health-conscious travellers visiting.”
The UK is becoming a little more health conscious at the start of 2019 with many people getting involved with ‘Veganuary’ which promotes switching to a vegan diet for the whole of January. Would you take a Veganuary holiday?
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