Arlington, Va., 'doing everything right,' is fittest city in US
For the third year in a row, one city is flexing its muscle as the fittest in the United States.
For the third year in a row, one city is flexing its muscle as the fittest in the country, according to the American Fitness Index rankings. Who is at the top yet again? Arlington, Virginia What are they doing, right? Everything. Dr. Nicole Keith points to the city's extensive parks and waterway systems, as well as excellent public transit and pedestrian safety. Boston is in the top 10 for the first time, and Buffalo, Toledo and Anchorage all improved by at least 15 spots. Somebody proves from one year to the next. It's not that they did something over a 12 month period. It's warrant likely that they've been building upon something for quite a while on the opposite end. Bakersfield, California. And Oklahoma City at 99 100. But across the board, the fitness index finds improvement. Residents in all 100 cities exercise mawr, smoked less and had increased access to parks. Still, not enough people are meeting the recommended 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week. I don't want people to feel bad if they're increasing their physical activity, but they're not doing it at the level to meet the guidelines. Something is better than nothing, Um, and we're progressing in that way. The annual study is being released amid the Corona virus pandemic that's closed gyms in many areas and pushed more people outside. It's raising the importance of recreational spaces. It builds your immunity. Physical activity is protective and giving people the opportunity to be physically active. Where they live is of. But most important, it's during this time a renewed importance on fitness in cities and beyond. Sarah Dahllof, NBC News.