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San Antonio makes tiny strides toward faraway fitness finish line

San Antonio makes tiny strides toward faraway fitness finish line

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Stick with it, San Antonio. Photo by Corey Jenkins/Getty Images

If your goal for 2019 is to develop a consistent fitness regimen and maintain a healthy lifestyle, San Antonio might be the city for you — despite its flabby first impression.

According to WalletHub, San Antonio ranks 61 out of 100 in the personal finance website's annual list of the best and worst cities in America for an active lifestyle.

Although scoring near the middle may not seem that great, San Antonio has made big strides compared to three years ago. In 2016, WalletHub ranked it an embarrassing 89 out of 100 for worst cities for an active lifestyle. This jump in numbers is an encouraging nod to the Alamo City's potential.

To get its list, WalletHub evaluated 38 key indicators of an active lifestyle through two main categories: budget and participation and sports and outdoors. Some of the 38 factors included monthly fitness club fees, average cost of sports apparel, number of basketball hoops, and — curiously — the cost of bowling.

Among major Texas cities, Austin nabbed the highest rank at No. 18. Houston followed at No. 42, then Dallas (No. 53), Lubbock (No. 57), Plano (No. 68), Laredo (No. 71), El Paso (No. 80), Fort Worth (No. 84), and Corpus Christi (No. 89).

Making a particularly bad showing were the three Texas cities in the bottom 10: Garland (No. 92), Arlington (No. 95), and Irving (No. 97).

Notably, El Paso ranked second for having the lowest monthly fitness club fees, but No. 77 for the highest percentage in physically inactive residents. Fort Worth scored a dismal 94th for the fewest swimming pools per capita, while Irving is No. 97 in fewest basketball hoops per capita.

So where should the fit-minded be calling home? Honolulu is tops, followed by Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.

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