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We're The Fattest City, So Go Work Out, No Excuses

By Rachelle Bowden in News on Jan 6, 2006 3:35PM

Last year Men's Fitness magazine named us the 5th fattest city. This year we took top honors. Chicago is THE fattest city in America.

2006_01_treadmill.jpgThe most fit cities on the survey were Baltimore, Honolulu and Virginia Beach. Joining us as the fattest were Vegas, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

So .. yeh.. we were feeling chubby.. but THE FATTEST? EEP! We know many of you, like us, made New Year's resolutions to drop some LBs. But joining a gym? Sometimes we wonder if it's worth the money. And sometimes we feel intimidated just thinking about the gym, let alone going! Quite a bind, huh? Good news. During the week of January 9 - January 15 you can work out for free at any Chicago Park District fitness center. And just because the centers are CPD doesn't mean they're crap. Many of the centers have state-of-the art equipment wiith computerized treadmills, ellipticals or cross trainers, stationary bikes, stair steppers, etc.

Now a week's not enough to have you reach your weight loss goal, and it's certainly not enough to make us more fit as a city, but it's enough time to get you out there to see what equipment you like, get a little comfortable on the equipment, maybe just getting you in there will help you make a longer-term commitment, right? So why not give it a try? Here's a list of fitness centers.