Fitness Fail

How unfit is San Antonio? You might run from the answer

How unfit is San Antonio? You might run from the answer

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Good intentions don't count when it comes to exercise.

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to get in shape, you might have a tougher time doing it in Texas.

WalletHub looked at the 100 most populated cities across the U.S. to determine which promote a healthy and active lifestyle, and we certainly didn't come out on top. In fact, we're at the bottom. San Antonio ranks a depressing No. 89. Out of 100.

The 24 metrics WalletHub used to rank the cities were grouped into two categories. A budget and participation score includes data on monthly fitness club fees, percentage of people who regularly engage in physical activity, and more. The sports facilities and outdoor environment score comprises data about the number of fitness centers, parks and playgrounds, swimming pools, and tennis courts per capita, among other metrics.

San Antonio ranks a mediocre No. 56 in the budget/participation category and a poor No. 96 in the sports/outdoor category. But Alamo City isn't the worst overall offender from the Lone Star State. Fort Worth (No. 94), Irving (No. 99), and Laredo (No. 100) rank among the 10 worst cities for an active lifestyle. Houston (No. 82) and Dallas (No. 84) fare slightly better, and Austin ranks best (No. 54) among the state's big cities.

So where should you live if you can't sit still? Scottsdale, Arizona takes the overall lead, with Orlando, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rounding out the top five. The folks who engage in the most physical activity all reside on the West Coast, in Portland, Seattle, and several California cities.


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