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10 American Cities Where You Can Ditch Your Car Keys

10 American Cities Where You Can Ditch Your Car Keys

Whether you had a traumatic experience behind the wheel or you just want to do your part in helping the planet, there are plenty of reasons to not love driving. For starters, buying a car is expensive and driving one costs about 59 cents a mile.

Thankfully, there are plenty of cities where you don’t need a car to get around. Take a look at these 10 cities where you can ditch your car:

1. New York, NY

Cities that are densely populated typically have great public transit. New York City is as dense as it gets, and its public transportation shows it.

Many New Yorkers who don’t have cars don’t miss driving. In fact, the subway is one of the best ways to get home safe — and it still allows you to take a nap on the unfortunate passenger next to you.

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    2. San Francisco, CA

    Perhaps to satisfy its “garage dwelling” entrepreneurs, San Francisco has a great public transportation system. It’s a smaller city, making it easily walkable.

    But it also has a fantastic cycling culture, as the city has committed to building out cycling infrastructure with bike lanes and paths. Biking the Golden Gate is also a scenic and beautiful way to enjoy the city.

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    best city if you hate driving

      3. Providence, RI

      This gem in the smallest state has a tendency to be forgotten, but ditching your car in Providence is easy. You can walk Providence in its entirety within five hours. A good portion of that walk can be done while strolling next to the Providence River, which bisects the city.

      Downtown Providence has an exciting nightlife and the best spots are condensed within two miles of one another (check out Whiskey Republic), so walking is a breeze. Providence also has a dynamic cycling community with plenty of steep hills for anyone looking for descending speed or an ascending challenge.

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        4. Philadelphia, PA

        Philadelphia, America’s birthplace, might ironically be one of its best kept secrets. The city is a fantastic mix of modern metropolis and monuments from the 18th century.

        The city also has a subway system that’s clean and efficient. If you live in Philly, the city is small enough to walk and due to low traffic, bicycling is a breeze. There are also plenty of people who enjoy their daily jogs across the city and runs up the famed “Rocky” steps.

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          5. Miami, FL

          Most people don’t believe you can live in Florida without owning a car, but Miami proves the assumption wrong. Downtown Miami has a fleet of buses and a metro rail service in case you’re traveling further than normal.

          The real draw of Miami for those without a vehicle, though, is how much there is to do year-round. Constant pleasant weather means you’ll find people walking the beach in the middle of January or working out at one of the beach’s fitness stations.

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            6. Savannah, GA

            Savannah is one of the original colonial cities. As a result, you can easily get where you need to go on foot or carriage. Savannah is divided up into a series of historic squares that are all within walking distance from one another.

            Walking through Savannah can be even more enjoyable due to their lack of open container laws. When your legs tire out, the small city even has a decent bus line to get you back to where you started.

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              7. Washington, DC

              No matter what feelings you have towards our nation’s capital, you can’t criticize its public transportation. Washington, DC has an expansive bus and metro line which is affordable, clean, and thorough enough for you to see any monument.

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              One metro stop will easily provide plenty of American history.

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                8. Chicago, IL

                Chicago is a great city if you’re trying to get out of the driver’s seat. In addition to a solid public transportation system, it’s probably one of the best cities to own a bicycle in.

                Chicago’s bike sharing program, Divvy, has exploded over the last two years — more than tripling in size and promoting the addition of bike lanes and safety.

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                  9. Boston, MA

                  Boston serves as a hub for trains traveling to just about every major destination in the Northeastern United States. During the summer, you can grab a train to any of the coastal areas and visit the beach.

                  Alternatively, you can always stay in the city and enjoy the nightlife and music at the Brighton Music Hall or take a walk down Freedom Trail. Either way, no car is necessary for you to take along with you.

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                    10. Portland, OR

                    Portland is a city-planning marvel. Regardless of its small size, it is consistently ranked among the most public transit-friendly cities in the United States. The small city has rail lines, buses and streetcars that constantly run.

                    It’s also riddled with bike lanes and it’s a great destination for nature lovers. The nearby Mount Hood is also a stunning site to see from any of the city’s taller buildings.

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                      If you choose to live in — or visit — any one of these American cities, you’ll be walking, cycling or taking public transportation everywhere you want with ease.

                      Featured photo credit: David Marcu via finda.photo

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                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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