It is that wonderful time of year when The American College of Sports Medicine releases its annual rankings of America’s 100 “Fittest Cities” and you feel bad about skipping the gym for the third time this week.
This is mostly because these rankings show that clearly many people are taking advantage of all the exercise options their city has to offer. Other factors that go into the rankings include fitness, nutrition, chronic disease, smoking, mental health, access to parks and public transportation.
This year for the first time the index ranked the 100 largest cities, instead of the 50 largest metropolitan areas. So who came out on top? According to the 2018 ACSM American Fitness Index, the Top 10 fittest cities in the U.S. are:
- Arlington, VA
- Minneapolis, MN
- Washington, D.C.
- Madison, WI
- Portland, OR
- Seattle, WA
- Denver, CO
- St. Paul, MN
- San Jose, CA
- Boise, ID
And as for the least fit? Out of 100 cities these ranked last.
96. Toledo, OH
97. Detroit, MI
98. Louisville, KY
99. Indianapolis, IN
100. Oklahoma City, OK
Exercise helps you do your job better
Though 4.6% of residents walk or bike to work and more than 75% of Americans reported being physically active within the last month, only about half of American adults meet the recommended aerobic activity guidelines. In other words, do not skip the gym today or choose to walk for only part of your commute.
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According to research from the University of Bristol, people who exercise on work days are more productive, happier and suffer less stress than on non-gym days: 72% reported improvements in time management on exercise days compared to days they didn’t work out, 79% said mental and interpersonal performance was better on workout days and 74% said they could control their workload more.
Even if you are in a less fit city, there is always access to exercise. To view the full rankings go here.