I opened up the Men's Health link to see the whole list - shocked to see Miami, FL is #12.
We're unsurprisingly hot down here w/ a lack of good public transportation, and then add in heavy carb-rich Latin food, but I guess it's more than balanced out by the locals worrying about being in shorts or a bathing suit most of the year which may translate to a lot more self-consciousness.
Though in Boston, everyone acted STUNNED if I said I walked from, say, North Station to the Common. It isn't THAT far, people, certainly not worth dealing with the long waits and crowds for the stupid Green Line, and it sure as heck wasn't worth paying for parking if I didn't have to. But if you say you walked anywhere instead of either driving or wasting hours of your life waiting on the public transit system they stared like you had two heads.
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.
It is a 100 plus degree day today. I just returned from one hour of lap swimming and the water felt so good. The pool is Olympic-sized: the fee to swim is nominal. There were four of us today. Four. I live in number 87. We know we are among the biggest people in the nation (me included) and yet we just seem to get bigger (me not included.) I am flummoxed.
I don't think their demographic compositions are all that different really. Oakland definitely has more flat areas downtown though!
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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.
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.
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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.
I'm shocked that New York City isn't in the top five. Everyone is active there--no one has a car!
True. Some of the malls there are quite large.
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).