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Birmingham named among worst cities for an active lifestyle
Donna Coskren, of Newburyport, Mass., front, stretches with others while on stationary exercise bikes during a spinning class in a parking lot outside Fuel Training Studio, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Newburyport. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The city of Birmingham in Alabama is considered the ninth worst state to maintain an active lifestyle in U.S. for the year 2021, according to study by WalletHub.

According to WalletHub, two of the top four New Year’s resolutions by Americans were “exercising more” and “losing weight. 

However, surveys indicate that as many as 80% to 91% of people failed to keep their resolutions each year.

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WalletHub researchers compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities based on 36 key indicators of an active lifestyle.

The study's data set ranged from the average monthly fitness-club fee to bike score to the share of physically inactive adults. 

Researchers also considered factors that might negatively impact a person's ability to stay active this year, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Birmingham's overall active lifestyle score was 31.04 out of a possible 100 and the city's overall ranking was 92 out of 100 cities.

Each indicator such as 'Average Monthly Fitness-Club Fee' was worth a certain number of points. Whatever a city scored in that indicator category was added to toward the city's overall score.

Living an Active Lifestyle in Birmingham (1=Best; 50=Avg.):

  • 68th – Avg. Monthly Fitness-Club Fee
  • 76th – Fitness Centers with Virtual Classes per Capita
  • 94th – % of Physically Inactive Adults
  • 44th – Public Golf Courses per Capita
  • 74th – Walk Score
  •  61st – Avg. COVID-19 Weekly Cases per Capita

The city of Honolulu in Hawaii topped the list as the best city for a active lifestyle with a score of 67.70.

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