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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Top 25 fittest and fattest cities in the U.S

A new survey and report on fittest and fattest cities is out and it hurts when we think about our lifestyles.

We know that as a country we face a huge dilemma with overweight and obesity (I won't get started on this 'cause I can't take no more). However we usually think a common place for movie starts, rock starts and celebrities would have to be one of the fittest cities in our country, right?... wrong!!!

You may be surprised to find Men's Fitness magazine ranks Miami as the nation's fattest city in its annual survey. The fittest? It was Salt Lake City.

How on earth did this happen? I mean I live between Bradenton and Palmetto and just a trip to Walmart makes me sad and even enraged to see people just eat, eat, eat and do nothing for their health. Even when it's Free at times.

This is the story; even though Miami has a high number of health-food stores per capita, Men's Fitness found it also has nearly three times the fast-food restaurants as the average city. And while there are 79 percent more gyms and health clubs than average, residents are less likely to regularly use their memberships. Not many residents take advantage of outdoor activities, either.

On the other hand... Salt Lake City got top marks for being the fittest city because of its abundance of park space, athletically motivated residents, and below- average obesity rates. It ranks highest in the survey in the number of people who take part in activities like beach volleyball, racquetball, aerobics, hiking, basketball, yoga, tai chi, swimming, cycling, running, and kickboxing.

At least Tampa, made it to the top 23 in the list for the fittest cities in the US.

More on the report go to

The message is clear get out, be active, join a health club and take advantage of outdoor activities.

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