Indianapolis: One of the least fit cities in America

As reported by USA Today, Indianapolis has recently been named one of the least fit cities in America. An annual American Fitness Index by the American College of Sports Medicine ranks the top 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States based on several criteria such as access to walk ways, bike routes, gyms in business, obesity rates, etc. Below is an excerpt from today’s USA Today report:

Meanwhile, the Indianapolis area dropped from 46th in 2014 to become the least fit major metro area this year, according to the eighth annual American Fitness Index from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation.

The rankings, based on outdoor exercise options and rates of smoking, obesity and diabetes, are designed to be a “call to action” for areas to improve their infrastructures so they promote healthy lifestyles, says Walter Thompson, chair of the AFI advisory board and a professor of kinesiology at Georgia State University.

Instead of accepting this fact, let’s do something about it! We have a great community of staff, gym members and clients at 1 & Only Fitness who are working relentlessly to debunk the myth about the Indianapolis fitness levels being so low! Let’s continue to do our part to help change the fitness culture in our city/state.

If you have a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker, etc. who is on the fence about embarking on a fitness journey, we urge you to show them this report! Spread the word. We do not want our hometown to continually be recognized as “un-fit.” Hoosiers deserve better!

Let’s come together to make a change and spread the wealth of health!