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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?

The Fittest Cities in America: Did Yours Make the List?

Written on June 15, 2011 at 9:27 am , by

Residents of the healthiest cities have plenty of locations for outdoor workouts.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently released their annual American Fitness Index ratings of the nation’s fittest cities. The index ranks 50 metropolitan areas across the U.S. based on the health of their communities and residents, with an ultimate goal of inspiring all cities to improve their position on the list. Nothing compares to a little healthy competition!

A few weeks ago, the 2011 American Fitness Index report was released and (drumroll please…) Minneapolis-St. Paul has been named the healthiest metro area. Washington D.C., Boston, Portland and Denver rounded out the top five. The locations that didn’t fare so well: Detroit, Birmingham, Memphis, Louisville and Oklahoma City.

So what makes for a fit community?

  • High number of recreational facilities (golf courses, parks, pools, etc.)
  • Many residents using public transportation, biking or walking to work
  • Low levels of smoking, obesity, asthma and diabetes
  • Large percentage of residents with health insurance
  • High rates of citizens reporting that they have exercised in the last 30 days, are moderately active and eat five or more fruit/vegetable servings daily

Now tell us: How fit is your city? What are the wellness strengths of your community and where could it improve?