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80% of adults don't exercise enough

Posted by: Colleen Stoxen Updated: May 3, 2013 - 3:41 PM

Most adults in the USA aren't meeting the federal physical activity recommendations for both aerobic exercise and muscle-strengthening activity, according to CDC statistics.

About 79% of adults don't meet the physical activity guidelines that advise getting at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging. Plus, the guidelines recommend that adults do muscle-strengthening activities, such as push-ups, sit-ups or exercise using resistance bands or weights. These activities should involve all major muscle groups and be done on two or more days a week, the guidelines say.

Among the findings:

  • 21% of adults say they met both the aerobic and muscle-strengthening guidelines.
  • About 52% say they are meeting the aerobic activity guideline.
  • 29% say they are meeting the muscle-strengthening activity recommendation.
  • The range of people meeting the overall guidelines varied by state. For instance, 27% of those in Colorado met them compared with 13% in Tennessee and West Virginia.
  • Women, Hispanics, older adults and obese adults were all less likely to meet the exercise guidelines.

Read more from USA Today.

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