09 Oct '11, 2pm

'Fitness Deserts' a Threat to Health in Many Cities: But one doesn't need to leave the United States to find sim...

Jogging in Washington, DC. Photo: Daquella Manera / Creative Commons . With its steep hills, narrow (if not nonexistent) sidewalks , scanty parks, air pollution , and aggressive, unpredictable drivers, Istanbul has admittedly been an unlikely place for me to take up running. Working out in any form is such a recent (and still strange) phenomenon here that one fellow expat dubbed Turkey "the land the YMCA forgot." But one doesn't need to leave the United States to find similar "fitness deserts " where exercising opportunities are so limited as to pose a threat to health. In many neighborhoods of Los Angeles , Alex Schmidt reports for GOOD , people have to dodge fast-moving cars to get from one pedestrian-friendly stretch to another; some even resort to jogging on the road medians due to the lack of parks -- an issue in 80 percent of all census blocks in the United States, a...

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