More people in Indianapolis need to get moving, according to a new study of exercise across the country.
Indianapolis ranks 43rd out of the 50-biggest metropolitan areas, researchers at the Indianapolis-based American College of Sports Medicine found.
Residents said they know staying moving is important, but only 76 percent said they actually exercise.
That's below the national average of 83 percent, according to the study.
Dr. Walt Thompson, chairman of the advisory board of the ACSM American Fitness Index, said Indianapolis is improving but more needs to be done.
He told WIBC that local leaders should put more money into improving parks with more exercise-friendly options, such as bike and walking lanes, to bring more people outdoors and into the exercise habit.
Thompson said the average park-related expenditure across the country is $101 per capita, but Indianapolis spends only $43.
Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked first on the list, followed by Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco and Hartford, Conn.
Oklahoma City was the worst city for exercising.
American College of Sports Medicine Study
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