According to the May issue of Prevention magazine, Seattle is ranked the 7th best walking city in America! This annual study is conducted in cooperation with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), looking at various criteria such as number of trails, parks, mass transit, and other key factors which enhance the “walkability” of a city. Although San Francisco was ranked #1, here are some reasons why I think Seattle is tops:
1. Even on the darkest, rainiest days of winter, outdoor athletes of all ages can be seen running, walking, and biking to work. And, no umbrellas!
2. Seattle is an annual host to the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk for breast cancer. Walking 60 miles in 3 days is an amazing way to tour our great city.
3. Swedish Medical Center is home to one of the top Podiatric Residency Programs in the country, with many of its graduates currently practicing in the greater Seattle area. With access to such excellent foot and ankle care, we can prevent and treat any injury in order to keep walking.
4. Where else can you pass five Starbucks on your morning walk, giving you ample opportunity to refuel whenever necessary? Heck, you can even find an espresso hut while trail hiking in the middle of nowhere.
5. One of the best mass transit systems in the country….hmm…well, maybe that’s why we’re #7!