The American College of Sports Medicine says where you live has lot do with how you live, particularly when it comes to fitness and overall health.
That’s why every year they do the heavy lifting and number crunching for the 50 biggest U.S. metro areas on everything from the numbers of parks, swimming pools and other workout magnets to rates of sickness, exercise and even percentages of people eating five or more fruits and veggies every day. All that gets mashed up to produce what they call the American Fitness Index.
The military-heavy metro areas of DC and Seattle-Tacoma were among those receiving top ten honors this year.
For the third year in a row, Minneapolis-St. Paul earns the title of fittest city in the nation.
Although half of the bottom ten least-fit cities were split between towns in Texas and Florida, Oklahoma City gets the ignominious claim to the very the lowest rung of the fitness ladder.
Here’s how some of the biggest military hubs rated:
2 Washington, DC
8 Seattle-Tacoma, WA
14 San Diego, CA
17 Baltimore, MD
18 Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA
21 Atlanta, GA
40 Tampa, FL
48 San Antonio, TX
Jon Anderson is a staff writer for OFFduty.