Congratulations Greeley, you have the fourth highest exercise rate in the nation! It’s true, a new report from Gallup and Sharecare found the 65.3% of Greeley residents exercise three times a week or more, the fourth highest ranking out of 189 communities across the county. Northern Colorado can be proud overall, with Boulder coming in at #1, Fort Collins at #2 and Greeley at #4.
These rankings were based surveys of more than 177,000 people, which asked if they exercised at least 30 minutes, three or more days the previous week. Here’s how the top ten list played out:
Communities with the Highest Rates of Regular Exercise
- Boulder, CO – 69.6%
- Fort Collins, CO – 67.9%
- San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA – 67.0%
- Greeley, – 65.3%
- Santa Rosa, CA – 62.3%
- Urban Honolulu, HI – 61.4%
- Hilton Head Island–Bluffton–Beaufort, SC – 61.4%
- Anchorage, AK – 61.3%
- Clarksville, TN–KY – 61.0%
- Chico, CA – 60.9%
The places with the lowest percentage of adults who exercise were Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC, Akron, OH, Cedar Rapids, IA, Montgomery, AL, and Toledo, OH.
Overall, the health news is good for the country in general, they found that 53.4% of Americans reported exercising three or more times a week, which was a two-percentage point increase since 2008. In that same time period, the percentage of those who didn’t exercise at all declined by almost 3 points to 27.4. Thumbs up America!
“As you might expect, the communities with the highest levels of reported exercise are also among the communities with the highest wellbeing overall. That reflects the impact that exercise has on wellbeing.” – Dan Witters, Researcher
The researchers also reported that they found that high exercise communities also have residents who have higher rates of smiling, enjoyment, and happiness. So get to it Greeley; hit gym, the rec center, the Poudre Trail, the park, the Family FunPlex, the Ice Haus, the bike lanes, your living room…wherever it is you get active, keep it up!
Check out this video from Time about the benefits of exercise.