16 California cities rank among nation for active lifestyles

CALIFORNIA – When the clock struck midnight on January 1, Americans across the country used the New Year to yearn for a change in their lives. For many, the New Year is a time to celebrate together with the hope that next year will be better than the last. This is where New Year’s resolutions come in.

While such resolutions often seem as useful as an umbrella in the middle of a hurricane, they’re fun, aren’t they?

The most popular New Year’s resolutions are about exercise and weight loss, according to a YouGovAmerica study. However, up to 80-91% of people fail to keep their resolutions each year.

With that statistic in mind, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities in the United States based on 34 key indicators of an active lifestyle.

San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego are ranked among the best cities for an active lifestyle in the United States, according to the report, with San Francisco topping the national list.

Sixteen of California’s largest cities out of 100 nationwide – is your city on the list?

  • # 1: San Francisco, California.
  • # 4: San Diego, California.
  • # 6: Los Angeles, California.
  • # 16: Irvine, California.
  • # 22: Sacramento, California.
  • # 46: Long Beach, California.
  • # 56: Oakland, California.
  • # 59: Anaheim, California.
  • # 60: Fremont, California.
  • # 71: Stockton, California.
  • # 78: Chula Vista, California.
  • # 82: Fresno, California.
  • # 90: Riverside, California.
  • # 92: Bakersfield, California.
  • # 94: Santa Ana, California.
  • # 95: San Bernardino, California.

San Bernardino, Bakersfield and Santa Ana are among the lowest ranked, according to the Wallethub report. Sandy Bargainnier, professor of health promotion and wellness at the State University of New York in Oswego, said poor gym accessibility and health insurance premiums may be a contributing factor to cities with a low activity score.

“Proximity to gyms and recreation facilities is essential for long-term access and use. Workplace fitness and recreation facilities are one means of achieving this,” wrote Bargainnier in the study. “In addition, lower health insurance premiums for workers enrolled in a workplace wellness program may be another motivating factor.”

Golden State residents who wish to adopt a healthier lifestyle this year are encouraged by Bargainnier to practice the following:

Bernard P. Love