How do your work out habits com­pare to other Ten­nesseans?

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Peo­ple in most of Ten­nessee’s metro ar­eas get less ex­er­cise each week than other cities across the country, ac­cord­ing to a Gallup-Share­care Well-Be­ing In­dex.

Clarksville is the state’s only metro area near the top a rank­ing of 189 cities. The city, which is home to Ft. Campbell, notches in at the city with the ninth high­est rate of ex­er­cise — and it’s pos­si­ble that sol­diers an­swered the sur­vey.

Across the country, and in Ten­nessee there are more peo­ple get­ting some amount of ex­er­cise each week than in the past decade — a good thing be­cause mov­ing the body “has ten­taces, it reaches into other as­pects of well-be­ing,” said Dan Wit­ters, Gallup’s re­search di­rec­tor.

Peo­ple were asked to an­swer: “In the last seven days, how many days did you ex­er­cise for 30 or more min­utes?”

Across the country, more than 53 per­cent said they worked out three or more times a week for the first time. It hov­ered around 51.5 per­cent for sev­eral years, Wit­ter said.

The number of truly seden­tary adults has come down na­tion­wide by about 3 per­cent in re­cent years.

Here’s how Ten­nessee’s cities ranked overall: #9 – Clarksville #80 – Knoxville #88 – Kingsport–Bris­tol #110 – Chat­tanooga #117 – Mem­phis #133 – Nashville–Murfrees­boro– Franklin

Cities that ranked high on the list such as Boul­der, Colo., are known for a cul­ture of health and ac­tiv­ity. They have lots of bike­ways, green­ways and safe places for peo­ple to play and be out­side.

Im­prov­ing Ten­nesseans’ health — and get­ting peo­ple mov­ing — are pri­or­i­ties for cities, agen­cies and groups across the state that are con­cerned about the fu­ture vi­tal­ity and eco­nomic im­pact of hav­ing an un­healthy pop­u­la­tion.

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