According to Study, Cleveland A Shockingly Fit City

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Damn straight, bitches. This is what swimming in Lake Erie will make you look like.
  • Damn straight, bitches. This is what swimming in Lake Erie will make you look like.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, Cleveland ranks 25th out of 50 big cities in fitness. This shocks your humble author, who managed to chainsmoke four cigs while driving three blocks that he could have easily walked, a feat celebrated properly with three glazed donuts.

Cities were judged on smoking rates, consumption of fruits and vegetables, rates of chronic health concerns, among other variables, according to Cleveland Leader.


"The ACSM American Fitness Index not only measures the state of health and fitness in our nation's largest communities, but evaluates the infrastructure, community assets, policies and opportunities which encourage residents to live a healthy and fit lifestyle," said AFI Advisory Board Chair Walt Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM. "I liken the data report and rankings to the metro areas 'getting a physical' at the doctor's office. The information learned from the physical will help each metro area identify areas of strength and weakness."

Turns out Cleveland's not too fat, too lazy or too unhealthy, but just a little bit fatter, lazier and unhealthier than in 2009 when Cleveland ranked 24th. Complete 2010 rankings after the jump.

Rank/ Metropolitan Area/ 2010 Score/ 2009 Rank/ 2009 Score
1. Washington, D.C. 73.5 1 74.4
2. Boston, Mass. 72.6 4 71.4
Minneapolis-St.
3. Paul, Minn. 71.7 2 72.1
4. Seattle, Wash. 70.5 6 69.7
5. Portland, Ore. 70.4 7 68.1
6. Denver, Colo. 69.9 3 71.6
7. Sacramento, Calif. 65.8 12 62.2
San Francisco,
8. Calif. 64.7 5 71.3
9. Hartford, Conn. 64.4 11 62.5
10. Austin, Texas 63.9 9 65.1
11. Richmond, Va. 62.7 NR N/A
12. Cincinnati, Ohio 62.5 14 60.8
13. San Diego, Calif. 62.0 8 66.8
14. San Jose, Calif. 61.0 13 61.3
15. Salt Lake City, Utah 60.6 NR N/A
16. Atlanta, Ga. 57.7 15 59.3
17. Virginia Beach, Va. 57.2* 10 63.1
18. Providence, R.I. 57.2* NR N/A
19. Orlando, Fla. 55.5 NR N/A
20. Baltimore, Md. 53.5 19 52.5
21. New York, N.Y. 52.9 22 48.9
22. Raleigh, N.C. 52.4 20 52.3
23. Pittsburgh, Pa. 52.0 16 54.3
24. Jacksonville, Fla. 51.2 28 45.2
25. Cleveland, Ohio 51.0 24 47.9
26. Philadelphia, Pa. 50.4 27 45.9
27. Milwaukee, Wisc. 49.2 17 53.0*
28. Buffalo, N.Y. 49.2 18 53.0*
29. Kansas City, Mo. 47.9 21 50.3
30. Tampa, Fla. 47.8 23 48.5
31. Nashville, Tenn. 47.8 26 46.8
32. Phoenix, Ariz. 47.4 32 42.5*
33. Chicago, Ill. 47.0 25 47.6
34. Charlotte, N.C. 44.0 34 40.3
35. Columbus, Ohio 42.8 29 43.9
36. Riverside, Calif. 42.8 40 35.1
37. St. Louis, Mo. 40.5 33 42.5*
38. Los Angeles, Calif. 40.5 30 43.6
39. Miami, Fla. 39.9 31 42.7
40. Dallas, Texas 39.5 35 39.6
41. New Orleans, La.(2) 37.7 NR N/A
42. Houston, Texas 37.6 41 34.7
43. San Antonio, Texas 36.9 39 35.5
44. Indianapolis, Ind. 35.9 36 39.3
45. Las Vegas, Nev. 35.3 42 34.6
46. Louisville, Ky. 32.5 38 37.7
47. Detroit, Mich. 31.9 44 30.5
48. Memphis, Tenn. 31.6 37 38.5
49. Birmingham, Ala. 31.2 43 32.2
50. Oklahoma City, Okla. 24.3 45 23.2

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