You know how I know it's January? Because my gym is PACKED with people I've never seen before and health-conscious lunches are scattered all over the desks of my colleagues. Yep, it's resolution time folks! Even though 92 percent of people fail to actually keep their resolutions, "lose weight" and "exercise more" are once again the most common goals topping resolution lists for 2019.
But not all cities have a level playing field when it comes to providing fitness opportunities to accomplish these goals. Lucky for us, D.C. was just ranked the 7th best city in which to lead an active lifestyle.
With the increased emphasis on self-improvement in mind, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities based on 38 key indicators of an active lifestyle, ranging from average monthly fitness-club fees to the number of bike-share programs available. Read on to see how we compared.
Top 10 Cities for an Active Lifestyle
- Honolulu, HI
- Chicago, IL
- San Francisco, CA
- Portland, OR
- Seattle, WA
- Minneapolis, MN
- Washington, DC
- Denver, CO
- San Diego, CA
- Madison, WI
Here's how D.C. stacks up:
- 1st -- Share of workers who bike or walk to work
- 1st -- Swimming pools per capita
- 1st -- Presence of bike-sharing programs
- 1st -- Running trails per capita
- 1st -- Access to exercise opportunities
- 5th -- Tennis courts per capita
- 5th -- Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors per capita
- 9th -- Pick-up soccer meetups per capita
- 9th-- Presence in Fitbit's "Fitest Cities in America" ranking
Categories we didn't rank so hot in? Weather (93rd -- We can't all be Hawaii) average monthly fitness-club fee (93rd-- Gee, thanks for the reminder that I have to pay a whole heck of a lot for something I don't enjoy) and playgrounds per capita (65th-- Sorry future children, no swings for you!).
Overall, we seem to be doing a lot of things right on the fitness scene, so keep on sweating it out DC! For the full report, visit Wallethub online.