City of Chicago Vs. Suburbs of Chicago

Thursday Feb 25, 2010

The two areas in such close proximity, and yet such different lifestyles! Please tell me what you think…

Is the nutrition and physical activity better in the city or in the suburbs? You may explain your opinions 🙂

Also please include your current location (Chicago or Suburbs)

Some points for consideration:

It may seem that people are more active in the city, but may eat more junk food.  What about the lack of sidewalks in the suburbs, this may influence activity levels (cant walk or cycle).

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Brandt (suburbs):

This is hard to answer because both of these depend on the lifestyle of the person. I do believe that naturally you will walk more in the city because everything is close by compared to living in the suburbs. But people who commit themselves to go to a gym and workout and keep themselves fit doesn’t depend on whether you live in the city or suburbs. Nutrition all depends on the lifestyle of the person. People who eat out more (bad diet) are going to eat out whether they live in the city or the suburbs. People who cook more at home and cook healthier foods, will have a better diet whether they live in the city or the suburbs.

March 13th, 2010 | 7:11 am

I know a few young professionals who live in Chicago. They have very healthy habits: run, ride bicycle, attend health club and buy food in healthy stores. I can not help but wonder: is that a city influence or just a coincidence?

March 13th, 2010 | 9:30 am

Definately depends on the lifestyle! In general though, I think the physical activity varies on location, accessibility is a huge factor for people in the city! Personally, I enjoy working out, so I made it a point to go out of my way. Convenience can be a huge factor with people living in the city. Parking and transportation can be a huge influence on motivation. The general population is more likely to visit less frequently at a gym. Summer on the other hand can be a more fulfilling experience, and are more likely to be productive outside. Food, in my opinion is more optimal in the city, it’s variety and restaurant chains are convient, better quality, and have more opprotunities for just grabbing a drink and something to eat. Chicago has a lot of happy hour places, and people are more likely to eat out on a regular basis than in the suburbs. Meanwhile, the suburbs exude a less opprotunity for events such as these. All in all, decisions are always based on an individuals self-motivation, eating habits, and working out to maintain a healthy lifestly. Although, the city does open up more doors for those who do not particularly watch their diet regiments, due to convient restaurants, and lack of convient parking/fees.

March 23rd, 2010 | 10:18 pm

Hey…thanks for that. Great post. I’ll be checking back shortly for more news. Thanks!

April 23rd, 2010 | 2:47 am

Ahhh the getting fit. Good stuff here. My best secret there is to start off young, and keep in shape. Much more simple to maintain it then to gain it back.

August 22nd, 2010 | 12:45 pm
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