We all know that being healthy requires a good diet and regular exercise however, your environment has a big impact on your behaviour and habits. If you’re struggling to lead a healthy lifestyle, it could be because of where you live. Some areas of the UK have easy access to the beach, great weather conditions and loads of healthy restaurants. But which one offers the best opportunity for being fit and healthy?

At Ropes Direct, we have calculated which cities in the UK are the healthiest and unhealthiest places to live based on a range of lifestyle and sporting factors. Read on to see the results.

 

Methodology

To determine which cities in the UK are the healthiest and unhealthiest to live in, we created a range of measuring factors that rate each city in terms of how much opportunity it provides each resident to lead a healthy lifestyle. The 2 categories we measured each city against were Sports and Lifestyle.

Within the Lifestyle category, we awarded points for the following factors: Average High Temp (°C), Average Rainfall (mm), Distance to the Sea (miles), Walking/Running Routes*, Healthy Restaurants*, Juice and Smoothies*, Organic Food, Gym Membership (£), Running Shoes (£). Each of the points awarded for each measuring factor was added up to award a total amount to each city for the lifestyle they offer.

*These measuring factors were determined per capita.

We awarded points within the Lifestyle category as follows:

Average High Temp (°C): 9.5-0.25 points (highest-lowest temp.)

Average Rainfall (mm): 9.5-0.25 points (lowest-highest rainfall)

Distance to the Sea (m): 9.5-0.25 points (lowest-highest distance)

Walking/ Running Routes: 19-0.5 points (most-least routes)

Healthy Restaurants: 9.5-0.25 points (most-least restaurants)

Juice/ Smoothie Bars:  9.5-0.25 points (most-least juice/ smoothie bars)

Organic Food: 9.5-0.25 (most-least organic food)

Gym Membership (£): 9.5-0.25 (lowest-highest gym membership cost)

Running Shoes: 9.5-0.25 (lowest-highest running shoes cost)

Maximum points: 95

Within the Fitness category, we awarded points for the following factors: Football Pitches*, Rugby Pitches*, Cricket Clubs*, Golf Courses*, Bike Rental Facilities*, Sailing Clubs*, Tennis Courts*, Number of Gyms*, Sporting Events*, Sports Classes*, Dance Schools*, Football Clubs* and Rugby Clubs*. Each of the points awarded for each measuring factor was added up to award a total amount to each city for the sporting opportunities they offer.

*These measuring factors were determined per capita.

We awarded points in the Fitness category as follows:

Football pitches*: 19-0.5 (most-least football pitches)

Rugby pitches*: 19-0.5 (most-least rugby pitches)

Cricket clubs*: 19-.05 (most-least cricket pitches)

Golf courses*: 19-0.5 (most-least golf courses)

Bike rental facilities*: 19-0.5 (most-least bike rental facilities)

Sailing clubs*: 19-0.5 (most-least sailing clubs)

Tennis courts*: 19-0.5 (most-least tennis courts)

Number of gyms*: 19-0.5 (most-least gyms)

Sporting events*: 19-0.5 (most-least events)

Sports classes*: 19-0.5 (most-least classes)

Dance schools*: 19-0.5 (most-least dance schools)

Football clubs*: 19-0.5 (most-least football clubs)

Maximum points: 228

The entire dataset can be viewed here.