In a new report, experts chose this metropolis over 49 others.

By Alison Mango
May 19, 2016
If you're mostly sedentary (and let's face it—with 9-to-5 desk jobs being the norm, it's hard to avoid), you'll start to see noticeable results with just a slight increase in your activity level. Break up the hours in front of the computer by using your lunch break to move around. "I started walking for 45 minutes during my lunch break," says Melissa Leon, who ultimately dropped 53 pounds. "The area was super hilly, but feeling the burn in my butt and quads as I powered up those hills let me know I was making progress."
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For the third year in a row, Washington, D.C., has nabbed the top spot in the annual American Fitness Index, which ranks the 50 biggest metropolitan areas in the country.

The AFI report, which is put out by the American College of Sports Medicine, takes into account factors including residents' mental health, diet, mortality rate, and more. It also looks at the resources available to locals, like walking trails, rec centers, and farmer's markets.

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Washington D.C. finds itself at no. 1 thanks to a low smoking rate, high activity levels (especially among commuters that tend to, say, bike or walk to work), and the easy access the city offers to a multitude of recreational facilities and parks.

Rounding out the top five after the nation's capital are Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Portland (Oregon), and San Francisco.

Dead last? Indianapolis, due to low activity levels, a high smoking rate, and high instances of chronic and mental health issues.

Where does your city rank? Check the report to find out.

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