Summer is the season for kicking back and doing nothing, which means it’s always summer in Lexington, according to Men’s Health magazine.
In fact, folks there didn’t need to lift a finger to be named America’s Most Sedentary City, since movement of any kind means you’re not a committed couch potato.
Now, Men’s Health doesn’t doubt the Lexington work ethic — it’s the workout ethic that’s in question.
Men’s Health looked at where and how often people exercise (Experian Marketing Services); the percentage of households that watch more than 15 hours of cable a week and buy more than 11 video games a year (Mediamark Research); and the rate of deaths from deep-vein thrombosis, a condition linked to a lot of sitting (CDC).
And since some people define “exercise” loosely, Men’s Health gave credit for any physical activity in the past month (CDC).
Lexington ranks the lowest on the list of 100. Indianapolis is 99, Nashville 93, Louisville 81, Cincinnati 76, St. Louis 63, New York 33, Chicago 31.
The most-active city is Seattle. Ranking 2 to 10 are San Francisco, Oakland, Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City, Reno, Portland (Maine), Atlanta, Denver and Minneapolis.