Arlington: A Perfect Fit for the Health-Conscious Renter
Be it Arlington’s 2005 designation as America’s Most Walkable City by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), its 86 miles of biking/jogging trails and 100-plus public parks, or the city’s very proactive measures to ensure that people of all ages participate in sports, Arlington bleeds health and fitness.
And the APMA was right, as Arlington also boasts WALKArlington, a county initiative that strives to “get more people walking more of the time.” The Brookings Institution agrees, stating in a 2007 report that “the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area has the most regional-serving walkable urban places per capita in the country.” And they cited Arlington’s urban villages as a key factor.
Arlington also has the BikeArlington initiative, which aims to create a healthier, cleaner city by getting more people to bike. Whether you use a bike to commute to work, go shopping or just have fun, there’s a 113-mile network of lanes, trails and routes for bicyclists to get creative with.
OK, walking, trails, healthier air, sports … we get it. But what about the good stuff: What about food? FitArlington has you covered there too, offering valuable nutritional advice along with directions to Arlington’s six farmers’ markets.