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Only 1 in 5 Get Enough

By on April 24, 2015

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.

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