Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Exercise and obesity are both rising in US

Based on some new data collected by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, only a quarter of the U.S. adult population exercise as much as they should in their free time, taking into consideration both muscle-strengthening and aerobic types of exercise.

HHS guidelines advise adults aged 18 to 64 should participate in some type of muscle strengthening activity at least twice a week, paired with moderate aerobic exercise for 150 minutes per week or 75 minutes per week if vigorously working out.

The CDC report shows that the goal has been exceeded with 22.9 percent reaching it. Thirteen other states also surpassed the initiative's exercise requirements.

Numerous states that failed to meet the Healthy People 2020 goal were in the Southeast, such as Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

In 14 states and Washington D.C., people were significantly more likely to hit the guidelines, according to the report. On Thursday, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says we're not getting enough exercise either. 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. This coincides with previous data collected in 2016 by the CDC which showed that Colorado had 20-25 percent obesity rates, compared to states in the south that had 35 percent or more obesity rates.

When the authors measured the results by gender, an average 28.8% of men met the guidelines.

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On average, women are less physically active than men, at 18.7 percent across the nation compared to 27.2 percent of men. There were 13 more states that also surpassed the goal, as well as the District of Columbia, whereas 13 other states, and MS in particular, had a much lower score than the average percentage, with only 13.5% of people meeting the guidelines.

One outlier is Colorado, which had significantly high rates of physical activity across all demographics, men, women, working or nonworking and higher than the national average. In Mississippi, just 13.5% of adults reported meeting both exercise guidelines.

"If you are engaged in a physically demanding job for eight to 12 hours a day, the last thing you want to do at the end of your workday is go to the gym to work out", Clarke explained.

The report's authors noted that adults who are physically active at work and exercise in their leisure time are more likely to be in better health than their counterparts who do not. Following Colorado is the District of Columbia.

"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. In general, working men and women were more likely to get adequate exercise than non-working men and women.

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