Losing weight is one of the most popular New year’s resolutions, but unfortunately most of the people who start the year focusing on dropping some pounds and getting fit, simply fail. There are many factors that contribute in order for this to happen. One of them is the opportunity of actually getting active. Going to the gym after long hours of work, or while raising kids with eclectics schedules, it’s not an easy thing, and for worse, going to the gym it’s not the most desired ‘attraction’ for most people.
One way to become more active in 2016 is getting to know how the place or city where you and your family lives help you or not to move, to stay fit. Some places are a good ‘fit’ for an active lifestyle (have more gyms, playgrounds, parks) against others that don’t have enough to motivate the family to get active.
The website WalletHub did a very deep analysis to find out which are the best and worst cities for an active lifestyle and the results are in: Scottsdale, in Arizona is the number one place (has tons of gyms and golf courses) to be if you want to be active and keep it that way all year round. Hialeah, in Florida, instead, is kind of the opposite.
To identify the cities that encourage balancing a healthy diet with ample physical activity, WalletHub analysts compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across 24 key metrics. The data collected set ranges from the average monthly fitness club fee to the number of swimming pools per capita, to the number of park acres per capita.
These are the best and worst cities for active lifestyle:
Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle 1 Scottsdale, AZ 91 Hialeah, FL 2 Orlando, FL 92 Columbus, OH 3 Tampa, FL 93 Newark, NJ 4 Cincinnati, OH 94 Fort Worth, TX 5 Pittsburgh, PA 95 Memphis, TN 6 Minneapolis, MN 96 North Las Vegas, NV 7 Tucson, AZ 97 New York, NY 8 Boise, ID 98 Jersey City, NJ 9 Henderson, NV 99 Irving, TX 10 Madison, WI 100 Laredo, TX
- Orlando, Fla., has the highest number of sporting-goods stores per capita, (14 times greater than in Detroit, the city with the lowest).
- The number of public golf courses per capita is highest in Scottsdale, AZ, 83 times above that of New York, which has the lowest.
- Scottsdale, Ariz., has the highest number of fitness centers per capita, which is 19 times greater than in Newark, N.J., the city with the lowest.
- Madison, Wis., has the highest number of park playgrounds per capita, which is 14 times greater than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest.
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