With restaurants on every corner, nightlife that runs into the wee hours of the morning and fleets of vehicles shuttling people around, you may be surprised to learn that city dwellers are healthier than rural residents. The walkability of cities helps urbanites get their recommended number of steps in daily, which helps to significantly reduce the risk of obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. Use these tips to ensure you’re maximizing the health benefits of urban living.
Ride Public Transportation to Work
Start your day with a stroll to the bus or train station. Once you’re at work, you’ll be more inclined to walk to places throughout the day if you don’t have a car to lean on. As an added bonus, all buses operated by Chapel Hill Transit are free to ride!
Take Advantage of On-site Gyms
Many new apartment buildings include gyms equipped with cardio and strength-training equipment. Link Apartments® Linden takes it even further, offering a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga studio, saltwater pool and bicycle storage center.
Try the Latest Fitness Trends
From high-intensity interval training to kickboxing to aerial yoga, there’s never a shortage of new fitness fads sweeping through cities. Grab a friend and break a sweat outside of your comfort zone. From Glen Lennox, it’s a mile walk or less to Title Boxing, Orangetheory® Fitness, Pure Barre and the UNC Wellness Center, which offers a wide array of classes to meet your health goals.
Cruise the Bike Lanes
As cities encourage more cyclists to hit the streets, they’re also making it safer. Check out bike paths and bike lanes that let you burn calories on the way to your destination. In an effort to become the most bicycle-friendly community in the Carolinas, Glen Lennox will be offering protected bike lanes, in addition to cycle storage and maintenance facilities.
Meet on the Move
Walking meetings are a great way to unplug, check in with colleagues and unlock creativity during brainstorms. Schedule these meetings in advance so people can plan for appropriate footwear, and keep the group to four people max.
Explore Your Surroundings
Parks, museums and farmers markets frequently offer lunch-time events and entertainment during warm weather months. Put the schedule on your calendar so you remember to step away from your desk and come back feeling refreshed.
Whether you pack a lunch and enjoy it in the park, or meet a friend for a quick bite, taking a break has been proven to improve your ability to focus and enhance productivity. Glen Lennox’s first office building, The Gwendolyn, will feature open spaces to sneak away and enjoy the outdoors right next to your workplace.
City living has lots of perks—from cultural experience to social outlets to health and wellness opportunities. Grubb Properties is proud to bring more urban-living opportunities to Chapel Hill where residents can enjoy a lifestyle that’s convenient and healthy for their mind, body and soul.
CALL OUT: The American Journal of Public Health found urban dwellers tend to live two years longer than rural residents.