America gets labeled worldwide as an obese and lazy country.  Maybe it's true, maybe it's not, but that doesn't mean every city should be painted with that brush.  The US is a big place, and with that comes fitness highs and lows.

Donald Miralle, Getty Images
Donald Miralle, Getty Images

Gallup and Sharecare released a report that finds exercise is trending upward in the USA, with a record-setting 53.4 percent of Americans reporting that they regularly worked out three or more times a week in 2016. Now the question is which cities contributed to this record and which one's aren't pulling their weight (see what I did there.  I'm a genius.)

Here are the cities with the highest rates of regular exercise:

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. Fort Collins, CO
  3. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
  4. Greeley, CO
  5. Santa Rosa, CA
  6. Honolulu, HI
  7. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC
  8. Anchorage, AK
  9. Clarksville, TN-KY
  10. Chico, CA
And these are the cities with the lowest rates of regular exercise:
  1. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
  2. Akron, OH
  3. Cedar Rapids, IA
  4. Montgomery, AL
  5. Toledo, OH
  6. Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY - Let's look at the bright side, at least we weren't first!
  7. Spartanburg, SC
  8. Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
  9. Rockford, IL
  10. Roanoke, VA - This is not a shock, the colony was lost years ago so it's probably bringing down the average.

OK, so Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls make up a chunky trifecta of low exercise individuals.  We can do better and we will.  All it takes is one big winter of shoveling to get us back out of the top 10...and we all know WINTER IS COMING!


Let's step it up in the 716 (literally) and get ourselves off of this list!  Anyone who wants to shovel my driveway this winter is free to do it, I won't charge you for the exercise.  Find another Gym that will do that!!


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