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Minneapolis: Fittest city

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: January 11, 2012 - 1:55 PM

Congrats, Minneapolis. You've been working out.

A new study from a company that creates fitness logging tools says Minneapolis is the "fittest large city" based on the workouts residents have recorded.

MapMyFitness makes smartphone apps and other tools that runners, bikers and hikers can use to track their workouts. The apps use GPS data to inform users about pace time, calories burned and the route traveled.

Only users who filled out their BMI, height, weight and other data were counted in the study. In Minneapolis, that was about 4,900. The city's total distance logged over time is 550,000 miles.

That gave the city a 17.43 "activity index," a full point ahead of Denver, Co.

Also notable: Out of all the large cities listed, Minneapolis ranked highest for the percentage of its residents using the workout tracking app. In total, about 15,000 Minneapolitans are tracking their workouts with the company -- 3.9 percent of the city.

 

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