Exercise, Obesity Are Both on the Rise

Survey: Exercise and obesity are both rising in US

Only 23% of Americans Get Enough Exercise, a New Report Says

Quarter of American adults meet exercise guidelines for strengthening muscles and aerobics in their free time, according to the new findings obtained from the National Centers for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Federal physical activity guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week, in addition to muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week.

The CDC report shows that the goal has been exceeded with 22.9 percent reaching it.

In 14 states, however, percentages of adults meeting guidelines for exercise were much higher.

"Healthy People 2020" was an initiative taken by the US Health Department ended in 2010, which had an objective of bringing 20.1 per cent of American adults to meet the guidelines until the end of 2020.

Nationally, 18.7 percent of women and 27.2 percent of men hit the target goal.

Apparently, several of the states that had higher percentages had people who were actively engaged in leisure activities.

In regards to women, 20.9 percent met the requirement nationally.

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The report broke down exercise likelihood by state, too.

On average, women are less physically active than men, at 18.7 percent across the nation compared to 27.2 percent of men.

Most of us don't get almost enough exercise.

"... Even among adults who are physically active on the job every workday, those who engage in LTPA are likely to report better health than those who do not engage in LTPA", the authors wrote in the report. "There are differences at the state level, and there are differences by some sociodemographic factors".

People in professional and managerial occupations were more likely to meet the federal guidelines for adequate exercise than those in production and related occupations.

Working men, in general, were more likely to achieve the minimum recommended physical guidelines than working women across all other demographics, according to the data, but employed individuals were also more likely to exercise more than those nonworking. However, as stated by Tainya Clarke, one of the authors of the report and a health statistician, it looks like there are certain differences based on the states from which the participants are.

But according to the new NCHS report, which drew on five years of data from the National Health Interview Survey, only about 23% of adults ages 18 to 64 are hitting both of those marks.

Some states saw adherence rates well above the national average, while others were well below.

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