Arlington: A Perfect Fit for the Health-Conscious Renter

Out for a walk

A walk in the park: With its walking and biking programs, Arlington has taken major steps toward encouraging a fitter lifestyle for residents.

In the Washington, D.C., metro area, you’d be hard-pressed to find a healthier place than Arlington, Va., and the city promotes the FitArlington program as a way to ensure this.

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.

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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.

As you can see, renting a place in Arlington is a healthy choice. Find an apartment with Apartment Showcase.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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