We all want to be as physically fit and healthy as possible—especially as we get older. And according to research, our ability to do so is often dependent on where we live. That’s why each year, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) releases The Fitness Index, a ranking of America’s 100 largest cities based on a composite of health behaviors, health outcomes, community infrastructure, and local policies that support a physically active lifestyle.
According to the ASCM: “Cities with the highest scores are considered to have strong community fitness, a concept analogous to individuals having strong personal fitness. Cities that rank near the top of the Fitness Index have more strengths and resources that support healthy living and fewer challenges that hinder it. The opposite is true for cities near the bottom of the rankings.” In 2020, the ACSM named Arlington, Virginia as the fittest city in the United States. What major metropolis landed on the opposite end of the spectrum? Read on to find out. Here are the 50 most out-of-shape cities in America. And for the places you may not be quite as safe as you’d like to be, check out This Is the Most Dangerous State in the U.S.
And for the places in the U.S. to mind your surroundings, check out The 100 Most Dangerous Cities in America.
And for more on the cost of certain states, check out This Is the State Where Your Money Is Worth the Least.
And for more on how your state stacks up in terms of residents’ well-being, check out Every U.S. State Ranked From Healthiest to Unhealthiest.
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