Exercise in Arizona

exerciseMore Americans are working out at least three days a week, according to a new report released by Gallup and Sharecare which looked at cities where people exercise the most. And how did Arizona cities fare in this study? Not as well as we might have hoped.

From the Center for the Future of Arizona:

The 2016 Community Rankings for Exercise have been released as part of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. Results indicate the percentage of residents in 189 communities across the nation who exercises 30+ minutes, 3+ days in the last week. Community averages range from a high of 69.6% in Boulder, Colorado to a low of 41.8% in Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina.


Prescott is the state leader for exercise and Tucson isn’t far behind. But, we still didn’t crack the top 20 exercise-centric communities. According to Time Magazine, “The city with the highest exercise rate was Boulder, Colo., where nearly 70% of residents say they exercise three or more times a week. Two other metropolitan areas in Colorado — Fort Collins and Greeley — also topped the list, at second and fourth place, respectively. Communities in California and Hawaii followed closely behind.”


Metro.us added, “Overall, the research showed that exercise is on the upswing in this country: 53.4 percent of Americans exercised regularly in 2016, the highest percentage since Gallup and Sharecare began collecting national data on health back in 2008.”

The findings reiterated the correlation between exercise and wellbeing, with the top 10 highest ranked cities reporting 30 percent less obesity, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and incidences of heart attack compared to the bottom 10.

If you would like to download the full report, you can do so by visiting well-beingindex.com/2016-exercise. And once you have a chance to look it over, we’d love to hear what you think. How important is it for Arizona communities to move higher in these national exercise rankings? If you believe it is important, what types of innovative approaches will help get us there? Generating meaningful dialogue around the health issues affecting Arizonans is another way we are working toward or long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!



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