Fittest of the Fit Index: Where does your state fit in?


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MapMyFitness, an online health and fitness community of wellness-oriented websites and apps, recently released its Fittest of the Fit Index. Who ranked as the No. 1 fittest state? Washington, D.C., with 207,906 recorded activities! The Index rankings were determined by the fitness activities of 1.7 million active MapMyFitness community members in more than 2,500 cities nationwide.

Those who download the iMapMy app can use the built-in GPS on their smartphones to record workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled on an interactive map. Upload the data to a MapMyFitness website and view your route workout data and comprehensive workout history.

“Unlike other rankings that use small samples or arbitrary data like the number of gyms or movie theaters to determine a city or state’s fitness level, the Fittest of the Fit Index uses meaningful workout data from real people to provide a great snapshot of the state of fitness in our country,” said Robin Thurston, co-founder of MapMyFitness in a release.

So where does your hometown stand? Check out the top five from each category:

Top 5 fittest states (with a population of more than 300,000):
1. Washington, D.C.
2. Massachusetts
3. Colorado
4. Vermont
5. Oregon

Top 5 fittest large cities: (with a population up to 300,000)
1. Minneapolis
2. Denver
3. Atlanta
4. Pittsburgh
5. Seattle

Top 5 fittest mid-size states (with a population of 50,000 to 100,000)
1. Cambridge, Mass.
2. Ann Arbor, Mich.
3. Chapel Hill, N.C.
4. Madison, Wis.
5. Boulder, Colo.

Top 5 fittest small cities (with a population of 50,000 or less)
1. Cumming, Ga.
2. Katy, Texas
3. Webster, N.Y.
4. Falls Church, Va.
5. Fairport, N.Y.

Want to boost your hometown’s fitness level in 2012? The Fittest of the Fit Index rankings will be updated on a monthly basis throughout the year based on the self-reported runs, bike rides, walks, gym sessions and other calorie-burning activities recorded by the 6 million registered MapMyFitness community members. Anyone who joins one of the MapMyFitness communities — which includes MapMyRun, MapMyRide, MapMyWalk, MapMyHike, MapMyMountain or MapMyTri — in 2012 and logs their workouts will be able to impact their city and state’s rankings.

“By making this regularly updated data available to state and city governments, we hope it urges efforts to develop wellness programs, safe cycling routes, trail development and other incentives that will support active and healthy lifestyles in communities across the country,” Thurston added.

Click here for the complete report.