The overall rate of exercise among U.S. adults is rising, according to a new CDC report.
The report is based on responses from about 35,000 U.S. adults ages 18 to 64 who took the annual National Health Interview Survey, which is conducted in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey asked respondents questions about how long and vigorously they exercise in their spare time. The survey only measured physical activity performed outside of work and didn't include exercise done while commuting or while at work.
The report found that about 24% of adults in 2017 reported meeting the federal government's recommendations that adults engage in activities intended to strengthen their muscles at least twice per week, as well as:
- A high-intensity aerobic activity for 75 minutes per week;
- A moderate-intensity exercise for 150 minutes per week; or
- An equivalent combination of both high- and moderate-intensity exercise.
According to the report, the percentage of U.S. adults who reported meeting the federal government's exercise recommendations was up from 21% in 2015.
The researchers found that individuals who had jobs generally reported higher levels of exercise than people who were unemployed. According to the report, "people in professional and managerial occupations" were more likely to report getting sufficient exercise.
According to the report, Colorado had the highest rate of adults who reported getting the recommended amount of exercise, at 32.5%, while Mississippi had the lowest rate, at 13.5%.
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