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MacMadame
06-29-2011, 11:20 PM
I also find it interesting that San Francisco and Oakland are so close in the rankings even though their demographic composition is very different. Perhaps ethnic diets and attitudes about exercise make less of a difference than is commonly supposed.

But remember these rankings are using "metropolitan areas" and just the downtown parts of the city or even the city limits. All around Oakland are areas of great wealth as well as a healthy middle class and there is great ethnic diversity.

I don't think their demographic compositions are all that different really. Oakland definitely has more flat areas downtown though!

Vagabond
06-30-2011, 02:20 PM
But remember these rankings are using "metropolitan areas" and just the downtown parts of the city or even the city limits.

I don't think so. Take a look at the list.

San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose are in the same metropolitan area.
So are Dallas and Ft. Worth.
So are New York, Newark and Jersey City.
So are Minneapolis and St. Paul.
So are Tampa and St. Petersburg.
So are Denver and Aurora.
So are Raleigh and Durham.

The lead-in to the list is brief, but it calls Lexington "America's Most Sedentary City," without saying anything about metropolitan areas.

FunnyBut
06-30-2011, 02:29 PM
But I routinely waste as much time on FSU :shuffle:

:lol: We should be thankful they did not study 'least active members of forums'

NancyNC
06-30-2011, 05:44 PM
Same for Oklahoma City. :confused:

I spent the first 27 years of my life in OKC and I am also confused!

MacMadame
06-30-2011, 10:19 PM
San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose are in the same metropolitan area.

Sort of. There is a defined list of metropolitan areas that is used for statistical purposes so that these studies compare apples to apples. On the official list, this area that I live in is divided into two metropolitan area. One is called San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont and the other is called San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara.

So, the Mens Health survey wasn't using the official metropolitan areas and, since they didn't really go into their methods that much, we don't really know what they used to define these "cities". Probably something made up and as stupid as their "active" criteria. ;)

Anyway I live here, have lived here for 16+ years and I am active and I'm saying that people who live in San Jose aren't less active than people in Oakland. I also think their criteria is silly.

Vash01
07-02-2011, 04:52 AM
I am shocked that Las Vegas is not on the top 10 list of most active cities, but Reno is. I thought Vegas would be near the top.

Japanfan
07-02-2011, 07:54 AM
Reno definitely is different from Vegas. And, when I lived there, neither I nor my friends were spending our time at the casinos. Most of the casinos are in one part of the city. I've never had a fried Mars bar in my life. Most restaurants in the city are not Mexican and it's not like Mexican food is necessarily the most unhealthy option in the world. Reno is actually known more for steakhouses than Mexican food.


Sure wish someone would tell my SIL that, she's been there 10 years already and is still discovering new Mexican restaurants which she just must share with all who visit.

skateboy
07-02-2011, 10:05 AM
I'm shocked that New York City isn't in the top five. Everyone is active there--no one has a car!

PrincessLeppard
07-02-2011, 07:25 PM
I am shocked that Las Vegas is not on the top 10 list of most active cities, but Reno is. I thought Vegas would be near the top.

Pulling the lever on a slot machine isn't really that great of an exercise. ;)

Spinner
07-02-2011, 07:27 PM
Pulling the lever on a slot machine isn't really that great of an exercise. ;)

I'm sure shoe-shopping is though.

PrincessLeppard
07-02-2011, 07:30 PM
True. Some of the malls there are quite large.

manhn
07-02-2011, 11:24 PM
Do Vegas residents spend much time on the Strip (unless they work there)? You do walk everywhere, but I figure residents would not have the same inclination to walk like tourists (trying to leave a hotel is always tricky and tiring).

MacMadame
07-03-2011, 02:38 AM
Do Vegas residents spend much time on the Strip (unless they work there)? You do walk everywhere, but I figure residents would not have the same inclination to walk like tourists (trying to leave a hotel is always tricky and tiring).

There's an active outdoor community there. Lots of races are set in LV too (marthons, triathlons, etc). The heat in the summer is a big issue, of course, but it is in Reno too, IME.

Kasey
07-03-2011, 08:49 PM
The heat in the summer is a big issue, of course, but it is in Reno too, IME.

Generally in the summer, there is still a 10-15F degree differential between Vegas and Reno (Vegas being hotter)