|by Rick Moore|
|Most Liveable Places
Well, I've just read another article with a list of the best places to live. I'm impressed that many realtors chose Las Vegas as their top city to live in. It is a growing city that gains hundreds of new inhabitants each month. So, of course they're going to like it.
We find Honolulu, Hawaii as the choice city to live in for many physicians. They do have great living conditions, but they come at a pricemucho buckeroonies!
Recently, the AARP Magazine published their list of fabulous places to live a healthy lifestyle. What is the most liveable city in the USA? Why, Ann Arbor Michigan. I've never been there, but they say it's nice. They brag that 86% of the city's residents exercise regularly, and there are great shops, galleries, and coffeehouses. It sounds nice.
Their second choice is Honolulu, Hawaiialways a great choice. You'll live in paradise, but who can afford to? The median housing price is pretty much a million smackers. The weather in Hawaii is great, and it seems everybody wants to be outside. And 95 per cent of their residents have health insurance coverage!
Another city mentioned by the magazine was Boulder, Colorado. OK, been there high up in the Rocky Mountains. I spent seven days with a nosebleed and a headache due to the high altitude and the extremely low humidity. Boulder is a boutique townvery exclusive, very expensive, and very conservative. Now, if you like mountain climbing and drinking beer, then here is your idea of heaven. They call Boulder the "skinniest city" they surveyed. Just eat at one of the nouvelle cuisine restaurants and you'll know why.
Southern Living magazine made note that our own lovely, historic town of Lewes was a big winner in the best places to retire. Low real estate taxes, no sales tax, access to the big cities of Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia, and just hours away from the Big Apple New York Citymade it a popular choice for those seeking big city culture. With their thriving, historic downtown, canal access, and beautiful sand at Lewes Beach and Cape Henlopen State Park, I think they did us a service to recognize us as a great place to live. Every morning there are locals and vacationers running, walking, jogging, bicycling, roller blading, or just strolling along. Why, just this past weekend, I said to Nick what a wonderful, beautiful area we live in. While driving down Surf Avenue, we saw loads of people exercising their bodies and souls, enjoying the great outdoors and natural beauty of the Cape Henlopen region. Let's not forget that Rehoboth Beach was mentioned several years ago as one of America's most liveable cities, too. The boardwalk is crowded morning, noon, and night, and is a major exercise spot for young and old alike. Many of my clients use the boardwalk as their source for a good cardio workout. Can you beat the view?
So when I see the many magazines with their lists of most liveable places, I have to feel lucky that we already live in an area I find is the most liveablethe Milton, Lewes, and Rehoboth Beach area. So, get out your bike or your walking shoes, and take in the sights.
Rick Moore is a personal trainer certified by the American Fitness Professionals &Associates.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 18, No. 13 September 12, 2008