In terms of sedentary lifestyle, Lexington, Ky., has some explaining to do, or perhaps, some light jogging and yard work. It topped the online list of “least active” cities by Men’s Health. The city joins Indianapolis; Jackson, Miss.; and Charleston, W.Va., as the nation’s top couch potato cities.
In the ranking of 100 U.S. cities, the most active one was Seattle, followed by San Francisco and Oakland. Washington was fourth, with Western cities Salt Lake City and Reno right behind. See the full list.
Seem about right? The Men’s Health team assessed cities’ activity levels using government and market data, taking into account: where and how often people exercise, whether they'd had any physical activity in the last month, the percentage of households that watch more than 15 hours of cable TV a week (and buy more than 11 video games each year), and rates of death from deep-vein thrombosis. The CDC has a county-by-county map of obesity, diabetes, and physical inactivity.
To fight the sedentary lifestyle, Men’s Health suggests taking the stairs (and even livening up the stairwell with upbeat music). Or putting a mini-exercise bike under your office desk.