Fitness-porn publication Men’s Health Magazine recently released its list of the 10 most sedentary cities in the country, and Lexington “I’ll have an extra quart of sour cream with that, just put it in my auxiliary Hoveround cup-holder, thanks,” Ky. topping the chart, followed by Indianapolis, Jackson, Ms., Charleston, Wv. and Oklahoma City.
Conversely, Seattle topped the list of 10 most active cities, with San Francisco and Oakland, Ca. rounding out second and third place, respectively.
So what’s Lexington’s secret? Atavistic Confederate genes? A lack of walkable environs? The prevalence of one Cracker Barrel per every 50 residents?
According to a press release, the magazine examined “where and how often people exercise (Experian Marketing Services and CDC); the percentage of households that watch more than 15 hours of cable a week and buy more than 11 video games a year (Mediamark Research); and the rate of deaths from deep-vein thrombosis, a condition linked to high levels of sitting (CDC),” all of which is gross.
“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 as well,” said Matt Marion, deputy editor of Men’s Health.
To compile the rankings of the 100 most sedentary cities featured in the latest issue that will hit the newsstands on Tuesday, 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 DVT, a blood clot in a vein, usually in the leg, which is associated with inactivity.
“When we crunched the numbers Lexington finished at the bottom,” Marion explained. [AlterNet]
However, before your inner Cardinal starts gloating, keep in mind that Louisville was named the second-most inactive city in the union by the American Fitness Index. Thus, the schadenfreude doesn’t go very far, if only because it is very tiring and makes us want another Dove bar.
Way to go, Kentucky!