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Where Not To Raise A Healthy Family: The Laziest Cities in America

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An area with a scene this pretty should inspire residents to spend more time outside, but apparently it doesn't since it's been dubbed the most sedentary metropolis in the country

What’s not to like about winning? Unless winning means you’re lazy and overweight. To be sure, there’s a lot not to like about that.

Some cities in America are doing their best with that dubious distinction as Men’s Health releases a list of the most exercise-phobic cities in the country. The magazine looked at how often residents exercise, the number of households that watched 15 hours of cable television a week and bought more than 11 video games a year, and the rate of deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot in a vein most closely associated with inactivity.

Here are the top 3 laziest cities to avoid living in if you want to raise a healthy family, followed by the 3 that are most physically active:

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  • Lexington, Kentucky 1 of 6
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Apparently people in Lexington are averse to just doing it — exercise, that is. As such, they landed at the bottom of the healthiest cities list, or at the top of the least healthy one. Lexington may want to rethink bragging about being known as the horse capital of the world. Just a suggestion.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana 2 of 6
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    The Midwest has never been known as a place favored by fitness buffs, and with the revelation of their place on the most sedentary cities list, Indianapolis isn't doing much to fight that unfortunate image.
  • Jackson, Mississippi 3 of 6
    Jackson, Mississippi
    Jackson isn't the only city in the south that landed on the list. Joining it are Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Birmingham, Laredo, Nashville, Little Rock and Charleston. Men's Health editors attributed the high number of southern cities on the list to a slower lifestyle and balmier weather, among other factors.
  • Seattle, Washington 4 of 6
    Seattle, Washington
    Who knows if residents have an extra spring in their step from the great music scene, strong coffee or invigorating smell of sea air, but Seattle landed firmly at the top of the good list — the healthiest cities in the country.
  • San Francisco, California 5 of 6
    San Francisco, California
    Men's Health says that people in certain parts of the northeast and California, like San Francisco, are more driven to get up every morning and run or hit the gym.
  • Oakland, California 6 of 6
    Oakland, California
    Joining Oakland as active and proud cities are Washington, DC, Salt Lake City, Reno, Portland, Atlanta, Denver and Minneapolis.

 

Source: Yahoo Health

Images: Wikipedia

Don’t forget to pair up with a healthy diet, too: Clean Eating Tips!

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