8 January, 2018
Fitbit’s Healthiest Cities, Countries, and Days for 2017
SMART goals build incrementally on recent wins (or failures). So to set New Year’s resolutions that set you up for success, you have to know what you did and didn’t accomplish last year. And that’s true not just for individuals but larger communities as well.
So in the spirit of self, local, and global improvement, Fitbit researchers analyzed a year’s worth of aggregated and anonymous data from millions of Fitbit users worldwide.* Below, the cities, countries, and stats that stood out.
Move More, Sleep More
The Fitbit family took over 45 trillion steps last year. That’s enough to walk to Pluto and back almost 2.5 times! (Yes, anti-gravity steps totally count toward a global step goal. No, you won’t be awarded an intergalactic achievement badge.)
You were also insanely active—generating over 160 billion total active minutes, the equivalent of living over 4,000 lifetimes—and well rested, sleeping 41 billion hours.
2017’s Healthiest Days
It looks like Fitbit users stayed up late to the usher in the new year and then slept in to recover from the extra activity: New Year’s Eve 2016 was your most active day (based on steps and active minutes) while January 1, 2017 tallied the most hours slept among people in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
In the U.S., more people ran on Tuesday, May 16 than any other day. But it was the United States Independence day (Tuesday, July 4) that took top honors for cycling.
Americans on the Move
America’s most active cities went above and beyond when it came to average step count, active minutes, lowest resting heart rate, and longest sleep duration. High-five to the Boston, Massachusetts/Manchester, New Hampshire area for coming in at number one. Wicked awesome!
The Healthiest Hearts
Resting heart rate Is a really simple metric that can reveal a lot about your health, so Fitbit researchers singled it out for a closer look.
It could be that the sun, sand, and laid back vibes of San Diego, California help its residents stay chill and healthy. This west coast locale showed real heart by beating the super active Boston-Manchester area.
Steps in the Right Direction
As mentioned, Fitbit users around the world took over 45 trillion steps in 2017. Hong Kong led the way with its Fitbit-using residents taking an average of 9,600 steps per day, just edging out Spain whose 9,500 average steps per day took the number two spot. Despite being named 2017’s Fittest Country, Ireland wasn’t a shoe-in, but residents there still took enough steps to round out the top five.
World’s Best Snoozers
New Zealand may be averaging the most sleep per night but the top five countries are all winners: Each country gets more sleep than the average Fitbit user and nearly all of them hit the CDC’s recommendation of 7 or more hours a night for adults.
*This research is based on a representative sampling of aggregated and anonymous data of over 3.5 million Fitbit users from November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2017.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.