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Men’s Health Rates Most Sedentary US Cities

June 29, 2011

If you’re looking for a place to go this summer that is really active, don’t go to Lexington, Kentucky.

A new ranking of the most sedentary cities in the world by Men’s Health magazine has placed the “ËœThoroughbred Capital of the World’ at the bottom of the heap.

Along with Lexington, the ranking also puts Indianapolis, Indiana, Jackson, Mississippi, Charleston, West Virginia and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as the 5 most sedentary cities respectively, according to Men’s Health.

The most active cities: Seattle, Washington and San Francisco and Oakland, California.

“What hurt Lexington most was the actual amount of activity, or exercise, people reported engaging in – any physical activity at all, which was relatively low. And they did have higher rates of deaths from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) as well,” said Matt Marion, deputy editor of Men’s Health.

To calculate the findings of the top 100 sedentary cities, published in Tuesday’s issue of Men’s Health, the magazine looked at how often residents exercise, the number of households that watched more than 15 hours of TV per week and bought more than 11 video games a year, and the rate of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), blood clots in the veins, usually associated with inactivity.

Men’s Health found that Lexington “did have higher rates of deaths from deep vein thrombosis,” Marion said.

Southern cities dominated the list of least active. Tulsa, Birmingham, Laredo and Little Rock all scored near the bottom as well.

Marion said he thinks the southern lifestyle and the warmer weather could contribute to the factors.

“In certain cities there is a more laid-back lifestyle. That’s fine, but there is not that same drive you’ll see in certain parts of the northeast or California, or the northwest where people get up every morning and run or hit the gym,” he told Reuters.

Other most active cities included Washington DC, Salt Lake City, Reno, Portland (Maine), Atlanta, Denver and Minneapolis.

“With the most active cities a common theme that runs through is there is a bit more body consciousness, a more youthful and body conscious sensibility in these cities. And I think that equates to people making it a priority, no matter how busy, to get a run in or go for a walk,” Marion explained.

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