Americans aren’t getting enough exercise

Published on May 21, 2013

Updated on February 13, 2018

A recent study by the CDC reveals nearly 80 percent of adults don’t meet the federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise. The survey also showed that women, Hispanics, older adults and obese adults were all less likely to meet the exercise recommendations.

Regular exercise helps control weight and reduces the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and some types of cancer. According to the guidelines, adults should perform 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e. brisk walking) or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity (i.e. jogging) as well as muscle-strengthening activities (i.e. lifting weights or doing push-ups) twice a week. The report also calls on local communities and workplaces to improve access to safe and convenient places, such as walking trails and sidewalks, to increase opportunities for adults to exercise.

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