Every day it seems like Raleigh, NC is topping another “best of” list, from best places to raise your family to best place to start a tech business. This week, Men’s Health analyzed 32 data points to determine the clear winner of the Best City for Men Who Want to Be Fit and Happy: the City of Oaks. At Allister, there are plenty of ways for both men AND women to get fit and stay happy in the new year.

On-site, Allister offers two separate areas to get your sweat on. The 24-hour fitness center is fully equipped with cardio equipment, TRX bands, strength training machines, and more. Right off of the second clubroom, you’ll find Allister North Hill’s yoga studio, complete with ballet barre. Weekly fitness classes, like yoga and HIIT, are the norm for our residents. The Greenway System is right down the road from Allister and checking out a bike from the main office is a great way to get to the trails faster. There are tons of fitness options right in North Hills as well, from Pure Barre to Fitness Connection.

Give us a call today to find out more about how living at Allister can help you stay fit and happy!

Read the full Men’s Health article below and check out the list of other fit and happy cities for men.

Back in 2013, Raleigh didn’t crack the top 10 on our best cities list. But it has marched steadily upward, and now the City of Oaks is officially the top spot for a guy like you to live in 2016. That’s our kind of evolution.

“North Carolina has historically been a profoundly unhealthy state,” says Terrence Holt, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of social medicine at UNC. During World War II, more men there were physically unfit to serve than in any other state, says Dr. Holt. “It’s been an incredible turnaround.”

Here’s how Raleigh became a model for healthy living—and how you can too.

The Fitness
Within its 146 square miles, Raleigh has 100 miles of cycling, walking, and running trails, and more are planned. That helps residents avoid traffic and stay happier too.

In a British study, “active” commuters were 13 percent less likely to report being under constant strain.

If your job is too far for walking or biking, try putting your meetings in motion: People in a 2014 Stanford study improved creativity by more than 60 percent while walking than while sitting down.

The Food
The Raleigh Farmers Market covers 30,000 square feet—about the size of a typical Wal-mart!

It operates all year long, seven days a week. A vast array of produce, meats, and cheeses on display makes this market the go-to provisioner for Raleigh restaurants. The less time a fruit or vegetable spends in transit from the farm to your stomach, the more nutrients it will retain.

To find a market in your area, go to search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets.

The Perks
The city’s tech industry raised the bar on employee wellness programs.

Many local startups offer flexible time off, healthy cafés, onsite medical centers, free counseling, and fitness facilities.

If your company has a wellness program, join: Employees who do so exercise more, smoke less, and maintain healthier weights, Dr. Holt says.

Plus, federal stats reveal that they tend to spend less on health care. If your company doesn’t have a program, ask why not.

The 2016 Ranking of Best Cities for Men

So how does your city compare to Raleigh? Find out if it’s one of the best or one of the worst in the list below.

1. Raleigh, NC
2. San Jose, CA
3. Madison, WI
4. Anaheim, CA
5. Burlington, VT
6. Plano, TX
7. Austin, TX
8. Charlotte, NC
9. San Diego, CA
10. Aurora, CO
11. Lincoln, NE
12. Boise City, ID
13. San Francisco, CA
14. Minneapolis, MN
15. Virginia Beach, VA
16. Honolulu, HI
17. Oakland, CA
18. Seattle, WA
19. Colorado Springs, CO
20. Fargo, ND
21. Durham, NC
22. Portland, ME
23. Boston, MA
24. New York, NY
25. Los Angeles, CA
26. Jersey City, NJ
27. Anchorage, AK
28. Bridgeport, CT
29. Salt Lake City, UT
30. Chesapeake, VA
31. St. Paul, MN
32. Phoenix, AZ
33. Omaha, NE
34. Portland, OR
35. Sacramento, CA
36. Manchester, NH
37. Washington, DC
38. Atlanta, GA
39. Greensboro, NC
40. Orlando, FL
41. Des Moines, IA
42. Bakersfield, CA
43. Fresno, CA
44. Denver, CO
45. Laredo, TX
46. Riverside, CA
47. Dallas, TX
48. Miami, FL
49. Fort Worth, TX
50. Sioux Falls, SD
51. Cheyenne, WY
52. Tampa, FL
53. Houston, TX
54. Lexington, KY
55. Chicago, IL
56. Billings, MT
57. Columbus, OH
58. El Paso, TX
59. Albuquerque, NM
60. Reno, NV
61. Lubbock, TX
62. Las Vegas, NV
63. Richmond, VA
64. San Antonio, TX
65. Wichita, KS
66. Fort Wayne, IN
67. Nashville, TN
68. Providence, RI
69. Stockton, CA
70. Buffalo, NY
71. Newark, NJ
72. Wilmington, DE
73. Norfolk, VA
74. Columbia, SC
75. Tucson, AZ
76. Cincinnati, OH
77. St. Petersburg, FL
78. Jacksonville, FL
79. Winston-Salem, NC
80. Pittsburgh, PA
81. Kansas City, MO
82. Milwaukee, WI
83. Corpus Christi, TX
84. Baton Rouge, LA
85. Jackson, MS
86. Oklahoma City, OK
87. Tulsa, OK
88. New Orleans, LA
89. Little Rock, AR
90. Toledo, OH
91. Indianapolis, IN
92. Memphis, TN
93. Louisville, KY
94. Baltimore, MD
95. Cleveland, OH
96. Birmingham, AL
97. St. Louis, MO
98. Philadelphia, PA
99. Charleston, WV
100. Detroit, MI

Click here for the original article written by Aleisha Fetters/Men’s Health.

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