Only 20 percent of Americans get enough exercise
With rising obesity rates around the country, it probably should come as little surprise that only one in five American adults is getting enough exercise. The government-produced Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise – such as walking – or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise – such as jogging. In addition to the aerobic components, it is also recommended that adults perform some form of muscle strengthening activities at least twice a week. This can include sit-ups, push-ups, lifting weights or resistance band exercises.
But, according to the research, only 20 percent of Americans are meeting both the aerobic and muscle-strengthening goals.
The highest percentage of people who met the guidelines lived in the West and the Northeast, and the groups that were least likely to get the recommended amount of exercise were Hispanics, women, older adults and obese adults. Benefits of regular exercise include lower risk of stroke, premature death, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, depression, some cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Only 30 percent of Americans are meeting the strength goals, but close to 50 percent did reach the aerobics goals. The CDC sees that as a foundation on which to build.