Despite My Best Efforts, Cincinnati Named Ohio’s Fittest City – Cincinnati is the most fit city in Ohio and in the top 30 in the United States according to the newest American Fitness Index Ranking.

The rankings are done by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. The Fitness Index evaluated America’s 100 largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure indicators.

Cincinnati snagged No. 29, which is 20 spots higher than the next closest Ohio city. 

No, that’s not a typo – it says “fittest”. I know, I had to double check the article myself. I’ve been doing everything in my power so far in 2018 to keep Cincinnati out of the rankings, but maybe I just didn’t try hard enough. I’ve been doing nothing but eating Skyline cheese coneys since we rang in the new year (I’m already halfway to my goal of 400 for the year, no big deal #ConeyWatch2018 #MacsConeyChallenge). I even quit my workout plan after one trip to the gym in mid-January. What else could I have done to keep this from happening? 

I suppose you could make the argument that Cincinnati would be higher on the list if it weren’t for my efforts. I do find it funny that Cincinnati is the highest ranked city in Ohio though considering we have the best food in the state. Between Skyline Chili, LaRosa’s pizza, Montgomery Inn ribs, Graeter’s ice cream and everything Grippo’s makes, I’m surprised anyone lives past the age of 40 in southwest Ohio, and I didn’t even mention all of the hipster restaurants and incredible craft beer selections we have. I guess it’s true what they say: eat hard, play hard.

In all seriousness, Cincinnati has a lot of great parks, annual marathons, and biking/walking trails. Things like that often get overlooked because Cincinnati is in no-man’s land in the eyes of the rest of the country. They either don’t know where Cincinnati is or they just assume we’re like every other city west of Philly and east of LA: fat, boring, and just running out the clock since we aren’t ‘blessed’ enough to live on one of the coasts. Are we midwestern, eastern, southern? It all depends on who you ask. Cincinnati is a special breed and a one of a kind city. We just happen to be more ripped than the rest of the state of Ohio too. Next time someone from Columbus or Cleveland tries to talk down on me for being from Cincinnati, I’ll just push my coneys to the side, finish chewing my LaRosa’s pizza, and lift my Reds t-shirt to show them what a fit city’s abs look like. Later fatties.

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