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The Fittest Cities on Facebook, Did Your City Make the Cut?

Written on July 17, 2013 at 10:54 am , by

A quick fix for getting off the couch? Check out all your friends posting their workouts on Facebook. (Photo courtesy iStockPhoto)

It’s no secret that Facebook is a big way to stay accountable of your health and fitness goals. Just take a look at your Timeline any time of the day to see friends who have checked in to a studio, posted their afternoon run or changed their profile picture to a finish line shot. That’s why the site has come up with its list of fittest cities, based on fitness-related mentions, check ins and the use of fitness apps with Facebook in cities with at least 200,000 Facebook users over a three month period. Check out the top ten below to see if your city made it:

  1. Virginia Beach, VA
  2. Colorado Springs, CO
  3. Austin, TX
  4. San Antonio, TX
  5. Livingston, NJ
  6. Portland, OR
  7. El Paso, TX
  8. Oklahoma City, OK
  9. Tacoma, WA
  10. Albuquerque, NM

Fittest Cities by Activity (measured in mentions of activity)

  1. Yoga City: Austin, TX
  2. Running City: Oklahoma City, OK
  3. Swimming City Tucson, AZ
  4. Biking City: Minneapolis, MN
  5. CrossFit City: El Paso, TX
  6. Dance City: Oakland, CA
  7. Triathlon City: Grand Rapids, MI
  8. Marathon City: San Diego, CA

Now tell us: Do you use Facebook to stay accountable?

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  • Sarah

    Seriously? Colorado springs? Both Boulder and Denver should be rated higher than Colorado Springs.

  • Your Living Body

    Good to see San Diego representing.  Although people have some better looking bodies than marathon bodies out here…

  • Lyndall

    Everybody in Boulder is too busy actually working out instead of facebooking about it!!!

  • Susan Burlingame

    I use a variety of social media help me stay accountable.  It’s great seeing San Diego as one of the Fittest Cities by Activity, with so many beautiful locations to run and participate in a wide variety of outdoor sports.  How about adding Stand Up Paddle Boarding?

  • Abby

    Sorry but this is the dumbest way to measure “fitness.” Maybe these cities made the list because they’re the most superficial. Whatever the reason, this “study” is really inaccurate. You realize NONE of the healthiest states made the list? Vermont (where I’m from) is the #1 healthiest state, followed by most of New England.

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  • Donalee55

    Seriously, have you ever been to Colorado Springs!!!  I just moved here and there are more bike riders and hikers here than in Boulder or Denver!!  Maybe everyone here doesn’t aspire to be an extreme athlete like they do in Boulder and they don’t seem to brag about it here, they just do it!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/coachnateevans Nate Evans

    We use Facebook to stay accountable.  We actually run private accountability groups here to help motivate, support and encourage people to get to their goals.  always looking to network and meet others on their fitness journey!  fb at /CoachNateEvans  :)

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