Cover Skikine-jima, a coastal island in Tokyo offers a scenic hike for those who want to head outdoors (Photo: Courtesy of Unsplash)

Like exploring the great outdoors as a form of exercise? Here are the world’s greenest cities to get your fit on in 2021.

Covid-19 has changed the way we exercise. From exploring hiking trails to park workouts, people around the world have shifted their exercise routines amidst gym closures and Covid-19 scares. If you’re wondering which city in the world is best for outdoor, eco-friendly workouts, a recent study by Reebok ranked global cities to find out.  

The study, which measured the cities according to residents’ bicycle usage, the city’s sunlight hours, running routes, hiking trails, crime rate, pollution index and search volume of eco-friendly exercise terms, Reebok ranked the top 30 cities in the world for adopting an eco-friendly exercise regime.

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Claiming first place in the study is Tokyo—a city boasting one of the lowest crime rates in the world and over 1,500 running routes. Sydney came in second with one of the highest number of sunlight hours, 1,833 running routes and 323 hiking trails. London came in third with the highest number of running routes in the city—6,743—and the highest number of people searching for eco-friendly exercise terms online. 

The rest of cities in the top 10 (in descending order) are Copenhagen, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Montreal, Lisbon and Helsinki. The only other city in East Asia in the top 20 is Seoul, which is ranked 20th.

Covid-19 may have limited us from travelling but on the bright side, it’s given us plenty of time to explore the less-explored parts of our city—and it seems like people around the world have been doing the same.

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