I just read a story about a recent drop in methamphetamine use in some regions of the good ol’ U.S. of A.
What does this have to do with fitness, you ask?
Let’s take a closer look at this year’s Men’s Fitness poll listing the fattest & fittest cities in America, and I’m sure you’ll come to the same conclusion that I did.
No doubt, you’ve heard of runners high, a generic term given to the effect that exercise has on the release of endorphins - nature’s “pleasure chemicals” - in the brain.
Could exercise replace meth? In the aforementioned drug story, Minneapolis and San Francisco were reported as having measureable declines in meth use.
Minneapolis also climbed from last year’s ranking of 21 to this year’s 4th fittest. San Francisco came in with a strong showing as the 7th fittest city.
Coincidence? Let’s look further.
Miami was ranked by MF as the third fattest city in the US. Not so surprisingly, South Florida also reported an increase in meth-related deaths.
The message is loud and clear. An addiction to exercise is not only good for you - it even makes you feel better than a chemical stimulant cooked up in someone’s bathtub.