Men’s Health says Jackson is the worst city in the country to exercise

May 21, 2013

Business, Health

lazy-dogMensHealth.com has ranked Jackson, Mississippi last on its list of the 100 least active American cities.

The ranking linked here puts Jackson just behind Nashville, Tennessee and Charleston, West Virginia for lack of physical activity among its population.

Other cities in the category include:

» Little Rock, Arkansas

» Corpus Christi, Texas

» New Orleans, Louisiana

» Memphis, Tennessee

» Lexington, Kentucky

» Birmingham, Alabama

» Columbia, South Carolina

The article says:

It’s a good bet that most residents of Jackson, Mississippi, don’t know the phrase “lazy days of summer.” To them, every day is a good day to avoid expending energy. Is it the heat? The humidity? Blame peer pressure—or rather, the absence of it, says Jeffrey Hallam, Ph.D., the founding director of the University of Mississippi Center for Health Behavior Research. “In Portland, Oregon, many people bicycle or walk everywhere, and there is a social expectation that others should bike or walk,” he says. “But in Mississippi, that expectation to be physically active isn’t as strong.”

The top ten most active cities in the United States include:

1.    Portland, OR
2.    Boise, ID
3.    Salt Lake City, UT
4.    Minneapolis, MN
5.    St. Paul, MN
6.    Denver, CO
7.    Seattle, WA
8.    Madison, WI
9.    Oakland, CA
10.  Aurora, CO

Granted, these cities are larger than Jackson or connected to metropolitan areas. Here are a few options they have.

Portland has many accessible walking trails like Waterfront Loop, Hoyt Arboretum and 70 miles worth of trails at Forest Park.

Boise has free, public art walks and the Greenbelt, a 30-mile bike and walking path along the Boise River.

Aurora has the Sand Creek Greenway Trail that is pet-friendly.

 

 

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Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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