South Africa’s fittest cities

Fittest city in the South Africa

Do you live in one of South Africa’s fittest cities?

Did you know? One in two adults in South Africa are not active enough?

You are either a part of the 50% of fitter people in SA. Or, you’re a part of the 50% of people who aren’t moving enough.

What does that mean for you?

Staying active is vital. Dr Craig Nossel is head of Vitality Wellness. So, he’s pretty clued up on health and fitness. He believes that the two most significant causes of death in SA are:

  • How we drive
  • How much we move 

He also said that 5 million deaths globally can be avoided every year if – people start moving more! How can this happen? How can you live a healthier lifestyle?

Now you need to ask yourself the following:

Am I moving enough?

Let’s look at how active our SA cities are. Discovery Vitality has the answers! They tracked the exercise habits of people who use the Discovery app.

Introducing: Discovery Vitality’s fittest City Index.

SA’s fittest and active cities results:

Physical activity:

Close up image of attractive fit woman in gym
Close up image of smiling attractive fit woman in gym
  1. Cape Town
  2. Johannesburg
  3. Pretoria
  4. Durban
  5. Port Elizabeth

Bloemfontein didn’t even make the top five of South Africa’s fittest cities in terms of physical activity. They tracked the lowest step count, number of outdoor activities and number of visits to the gym.


Most gym workouts

most active cities in sa

Relevant to population size. Data was taken from apps and devices over a year.

Most outdoor activities

most outdoor activities

Outdoor activities include:bike riders

  • Race events (includes running, swimming cycling, padding, surf ski, canoeing, multi-sport events and obstacle courses)
  • Parkrun
  • Myrun


Most steps tracked

Lastly, the cities who tracked the most steps were:

most steps tracked

Relevant to population size. Data was taken from apps and devices over a year.

You need to move more – says Discovery…

Not sure how to start? Here’s how you can keep more active – no gym needed!

#1: 10 000 steps

Get an app that counts your steps. Aim to take at least 10 000 steps per day.

#2: Housework

Want a clean house and a fitter body? No need to hire in extra help. Light cleaning burns 85 calories per 30 minutes and heavier cleaning burns 102 calories per 30 minutes.

#3: Walk and talk

Stand up and walk around while speaking on your phone. This will boost your step count. And, if you have a desk job, this is a great excuse to get up and move during the day.

#4: Deskerisesoffice workout

Do a few exercises from the comfort of your own desk. Check out Deskercises for toning up at work

#5: Parkrun

Parkruns are organised across the country every week. Join in a 5km timed run near you. – For free! Find one close to you.

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