Less Than a Quarter of US Adults Are Getting Enough Exercise

The CDC has found that about 23% of Americans meet the guidelines.

According to new research from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, a markedly small amount of American adults are doing enough aerobic and muscle-building exercises. The US Department of Health and Human Services says that if you are between 18-64 years old you should do strength-training workouts two times a week and take part in either two and a half hours of moderate exercise or one hour and fifteen minutes of strenuous exercise on a weekly basis as well. 

Despite the low percentage, these findings actually surpass the goal that the department set back in 2010. As part of the Healthy People 2020 initiative, they wanted 20.1 percent of adults to meet these guidelines. While this number has been surpassed, it is still lower than it could be, and it also not consistent across the country. Colorado had the highest number of adults meeting these guidelines, along with The District of Columbia. Mississippi was much lower than the national average, clocking in at about 13.5 percent and states like Florida, Georgia, and Alabama didn't meet the requirement. As Tanya Clarke, a health statistician and epidemiologist with the CDC points out, "We have to pause and ask ourselves, are we doing great as a nation... or do we need to do better?" 


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