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More Exercise in Adults Urged

According to a telephone survey, only one out of five US adults meet the government guidelines for aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises. One-half of the 450,000 respondents in the nationwide survey met the aerobic guideline while only one-third met the muscle strengthening exercise.

Carmen Harris, MPH, and her group used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey in 2011 and found out that only about 21% of the respondents reached the recommended levels for Americans issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services (2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans). However, half of the respondents reached the recommended guidelines for aerobic activity and 30% for muscle-strengthening activity as indicated in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The guidelines require at least 150 minutes/week in moderate intensity and 75 minutes/week of vigorous intensity for aerobic activity and at least two episodes per week of muscle strengthening.

Harris and colleagues found out that men were more likely to meet the goals than women who together with older respondents reflected lower participation in muscle-strengthening activities.

Other factors affecting the success of the activities were educational attainment, body mass index, and race/ethnicity. College graduates, normal-weight individuals, African Americans and whites were more likely to be active than high school graduates, overweight and obese individuals or Hispanics.

CDC has recommended opening school recreation facilities to adults and designing streets to be more bike-friendly to encourage participation in exercise activities.


Gever, J. Most Adults Ignore Fitness Recommendations. MedPage Today.

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