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Austin deemed one of the 'wellthiest' and most adventurous U.S. cities

Austin deemed one of the 'wellthiest' and most adventurous U.S. cities

Austin Congress Avenue Bridge paddle board Lady Bird Lake Town Colorado River
The Capital City is "wellthy" and adventurous. Congress Avenue Kayaks/Facebook

Austin is no stranger to best-of lists, and two new accolades have just rolled in from national authorities on health and wellness. According to Men's Health and Women's Health magazines, the Capital City is one of the most adventurous — and "wellthiest" — cities around. 

Austin lands at the top of Men's Health's list of the Most Adventurous Cities in America, which was determined by a variety of factors, including participation in sports, exercise habits, and the amount of parkland and recreational businesses in each metro.

Thanks to "227 miles of trails and 20,714 acres of green space," the Capital City takes the second spot — surpassed only by Anchorage, Alaska.

"It's not all music festivals and craft breweries," the magazine says of our fair city, "Austin scored very high in outdoor activity participation and overall activity level." Credit goes to our tendency to "aqua-socialize," which the magazine defines as a proclivity to work out (or just hang out) on the water.

Women's Health teamed up with Yelp to determine the "healthiest, happiest, outdoors-iest, zen-iest towns in the U.S.," naming Austin among the 15 cities on its list of America's "wellthiest" places.

What make Austin so "wellthy"? It's "a bastion of healthful eating and one of the fittest cities in the country."

Women's Health tapped four local nutritionists for recommendations on where foodies can eat healthy. Franklin Barbecue, Wholly Cow Burgers, Bouldin Creek Cafe, and Fresa's al Carbon prove that great meals and wellness go hand-in-hand in the ATX. 

Austin is the only Texas city to appear on either list; explore all of the adventurous and "wellthy" cities.