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A whopping 80% of Americans are not getting enough physical activity based on federal guidelines! Obviously this fuels the obesity epidemic at all age levels.
About 20 percent of U.S. adults are meeting both the aerobic and muscle strengthening components of the federal government’s physical activity recommendations, according to a report published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging, or a combination of both. The report finds that nationwide nearly 50 percent of adults are getting the recommended amounts of aerobic activity and about 30 percent are engaging in the recommended muscle-strengthening activity.
“Although only 20 percent of adults are meeting the overall physical activity recommendations, it is encouraging that half the adults in the United States are meeting the aerobic guidelines and a third are meeting the muscle-strengthening recommendations,”said Carmen D. Harris, M.P.H, epidemiologist in CDC’s physical activity and health branch.
The report also found differences among states and the District of Columbia. The rates of adults meeting the overall guidelines ranged from 27 percent in Colorado to 13 percent in Tennessee and West Virginia. The West (24 percent) and the Northeast (21 percent) had the highest proportion of adults who met the guidelines.
According to the CDC report, Women, Hispanics, older adults and obese adults were all less likely to meet the guidelines.