Does your city support an active lifestyle?

If there was a line for the elliptical at your gym last week or re-dedicated fitness fans crowded elbow-to-elbow in your Zumba class, be patient: many of them will likely disappear by February.

In 2017, about 60.87 million people were members of the approximately 36,000 membership-based exercise facilities in the United States, but a whopping 80 percent of Americans who have a gym membership don’t actually use it, studies show.

Maintaining an active lifestyle can be challenging, and where you live might be a factor in whether it’s easier or more difficult, a new WalletHub study found. So while you look at improving your fitness habits, you might want to consider your surroundings, too.

WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities based on 38 key indicators of an active lifestyle, such as the average monthly fitness-club membership fee and how many adults in the city are physically inactive. See the interactive map below.

Source: WalletHub

The study also took into consideration factors like how many pools, basketball and tennis courts and golf courses each area had.

The best city for maintaining an active lifestyle according to the WalletHub criteria is Honolulu, Hawaii. Last on the list was Hialeah, Florida.

Rounding out the top five best cities were Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Oregon and Seattle.

At the bottom of the list with Hialeah were North Las Vegas, Bakersfield, California, Irving, Texas, and Fresno, California.

The study showed that New York has the most sporting-goods stores and playgrounds and ranks 11th on the list, while Gilbert, Arizona (No. 87) has the most public golf courses and Lincoln, Nebraska (No. 14) has the most fitness trainers and aerobics instructors.

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