With a new year comes new year resolutions.
For many, these decisions are related to fitness, weight loss, and overall health. And while most New Year’s resolutions fail in the long run, according to a new study, fitness promises may be even harder to keep in some cities than others.
Personal finance website WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities in the US based on 36 factors, including average fitness club membership fees; the number of walking trails, swimming pools, parks, tennis and basketball courts per capita; proportion of physically inactive adults; Weather; and air quality.
The study ranked Garland as the 2nd worst city in the US for those seeking to be active, with Irving ranked 5th and Arlington 14th worst.
Only two Texas cities were named among the top places to be active: Austin at 16th and San Antonio at 23rd.
Most of them were somewhere in between, with Plano in 36th, Dallas in 44th, and Fort Worth in 68th.
“The path to an active lifestyle can be filled with obstacles, sometimes because where we live may not be conducive to a healthy lifestyle,” the study says. “For example, some cities don’t have sidewalks or parks.”
Garland, for example, ranks 95th in the US for health clubs per capita, 90th for basketball hoops, and 77th for the proportion of physically inactive adults.
Meanwhile, Irving ranks 80th in the U.S. in area allocated to parks, 91st in area for softball and baseball, and 96th in basketball hoops.
To compile the ranking, WalletHub used data from the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, county health rankings and the Public Lands Fund, and others.