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North Texans Among Most Inactive

National ranking places area among least active



    North Texans Among Most Inactive
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    by Bruce Felps

    The folks over at Men’s Health magazine love their lists.

    The most recent, America’s Most Sedentary Cities, places a trio of North Texas towns firmly on the couch.

    While Lexington, Ky., occupies the most inactive — that seems like a double negative — seat in the country, Plano comes in and sits down at No. 64, the least active — that’s more like it — town in these parts. In Plano, La-Z-Boy is more than just a chair.

    Dallas lollygagged its way to the No. 56 spot on the list, and Fort Worth hit the halfway point with half-assed effort at No. 50. Houston, by way of comparison, lazed around at No. 70.

    Factors weighing in on the rating system included workout frequency among the populace, accumulated time plopped in front of a TV or computer screen to watch cable or play video games purchased by household members, and municipal death rates caused by deep-vein thrombosis, a fatal condition triggered by sitting.

    Yes, sitting can kill you. What about slouching?

    Clearly we need to jack up the activity levels around here, and we will, we will, get off our back, we'll do it as soon as the average daily high temperatures drop below about 152 degrees.

    But hey, at least they separated Dallas and Fort Worth.

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. His exercise routine typically involves brisk walks between the couch and the refrigerator.