Quarter of American adults meet exercise guidelines for strengthening muscles and aerobics in their free time, according to the new findings obtained from the National Centers for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The people aging from 18 to 64 years should be engaged in either 150 minutes of average physical activity or 75 minutes of strong physical activity every week, along with muscle strengthening activities for twice a week, as recommended by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
A study’s author, epidemiologist and health statistician, Tainya Clarke from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics said that, “That being said, we found that even though the average has met and exceeded the objective or the goal, there are differences. There are differences at the state level, and there are differences by some sociodemographic factors.”
‘Healthy People 2020’ was an initiative taken by the US Health Department ended in 2010, which had an objective of bringing 20.1 per cent of American adults to meet the guidelines until the end of 2020. However, a report released by the CDC on Thursday noted that the objective was excelled, as 22.9 per cent follow it.
Clarke added, “Many of the states with the highest percentages of populations meeting the guidelines through leisure-time physical activity were what you’d call ‘cold weather states’ like Colorado, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. And usually, we would think the warmer states would have more people outside running or biking or cycling, because that’s what we see on TV all the time.”
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