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Study says more U.S. Adults are exercising - and more are obese

01 July 2018

Nearly one-fourth of adults in the US are meeting guidelines for aerobic and strength exercises, according to the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. The CDC report, published Thursday, reveals that this goal was surpassed; 22.9% meet it.

Looking at differences between physical activity among states is important because local government play an important role in facilitating access for exercise and responding to unique needs of the population, the authors wrote.

The department's Healthy People 2020 initiative had a goal that at least 20.1 percent of adults would meet the guidelines by 2020. The percentage of people meeting activity guidelines really varies for each state: Colorado was the most active state with 32.5 percent of adults meeting the minimum standard for both aerobic and strength exercise. After graduating school, it didn't take didn't take her long to decide she wanted to stay on the island Lea has written for several major publications including The Vancouver Sun and the Huffington Post. Likewise, in MS, 9.7 percent of women federal guidelines compared with 18.7 percent of the nation.

Also, based on the gender, 28.8% of men and 20.9% of women met the guidelines nationally.

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If you're thinking: "I don't know anyone who works out that much", it might be because of where you live.

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.

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

The report broke down exercise likelihood by state, too.

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

When was the last time you went to the gym? However, the report looked only at leisure-time physical activity, so adults who log exercise through active jobs or commutes were not included in the findings.

Many New Yorkers rely on walking to work to get their physical activity.

CDC data from 2016 says that only 20% to less than 25% of adults had obesity in Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

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"It's clear that seven out of 10 adults in Colorado aren't exercising, so even at the best this is something people find hard and they need help", Corcos said. "They need to be provided facilities or trainers or a healthcare program at work or some mean to enable them to work out because the evidence is compelling that exercise is arguably the most simple and best medicine".

Study says more U.S. Adults are exercising - and more are obese