Fitness Fail

How unfit is Fort Worth? You may want to run from the answer.

How unfit is Fort Worth? You may want to run from the answer.

fat couple trying to exercise with balls
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 North 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. Fort Worth ranks a depressing No. 94, and Irving slumps in at No. 99. Out of 100.

The 24 metrics WalletHub used to rank the cities included data about the number of fitness centers, parks and playgrounds, sporting goods stores, and swimming pools and tennis courts per capita along with monthly fitness club fees and the percentage of people who regularly engage in physical activity.

Fort Worth ties with Arlington at No. 91 on that last percentage, by the way.

Dallas fares slightly better overall, ranking No. 84. Dallas is about average for number of sports clubs and its walk score, but then sinks to the bottom again with the amount of swimming pools, public golf courses, and baseball fields. It's No. 67 for the number of residents who engage in any physical activity.

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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