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How unfit is Houston? You may want to run from the awful truth

How unfit is Houston? You may want to run from the awful truth

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Good intentions don't count when it comes to exercise. TheWellnessGuys.com

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to get in shape, you might have a tougher time doing it in Texas.

WalletHub looked at the 100 most populated cities across the U.S. to determine which promote a healthy and active lifestyle, and we certainly didn't come out on top. In fact, many Texas cities fall to the very bottom. 

The 24 metrics WalletHub used to rank the cities were grouped into two categories. A budget and participation score includes data on monthly fitness club fees, percentage of people who regularly engage in physical activity, and more. The sports facilities and outdoor environment score comprises data about the number of fitness centers, parks and playgrounds, swimming pools, and tennis courts per capita, among other metrics.

With a dismal ranking of No. 82, Houston was near the back of the pack, although we slightly outranked most of Texas' largest cities, including Dallas (No. 84), San Antonio (No. 89), and Fort Worth (No. 94). The worst offenders in Texas are Irving and Laredo, which rank Nos. 99 and 100, respectively.  Austin, at No. 54, ranked highest in the state.

Among individual categories, Houston ranked best in ​Number of Parkland Acres per Capita (27th), Walk Score (37th), Average Monthly Fitness-Club Fee (40th) and Number of Sports Clubs per Capita (42nd). And, we have the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half-Marathon.

But we rank a poor 85th in the Percentage of Residents Who Engage in Any Physical Activity.

So where should you live if you can't sit still? Scottsdale, Arizona, takes the overall lead, with Orlando, Tampa, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh, rounding out the top five. The folks who engage in the most physical activity all reside on the West Coast, in Portland, Seattle, and several California cities.