How do your work out habits compare to other Tennesseans?
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.