22.9 Percent of U.S. Adults Meet Aerobic, Strength Activity Goals

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22.9 Percent of U.S. Adults Meet Aerobic, Strength Activity Goals
22.9 Percent of U.S. Adults Meet Aerobic, Strength Activity Goals

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In 2010 to 2015, 22.9 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 to 64 met the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities during leisure-time physical activity (LTPA), according to a study published in the June 28 issue of the National Health Statistics Reports.

Debra L. Blackwell, Ph.D., and Tainya C. Clarke, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md., presented national and state-level age-adjusted estimates of percentages of U.S. adults aged 18 to 64 years who met the 2008 federal guidelines for aerobic and strengthening activities during LTPA in 2010 to 2015. Their estimates were based on pooled data from the 2010 to 2015 National Health Interview Survey for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The researchers found that in 2010 to 2015, 22.9 percent of U.S. adults met the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities during LTPA nationally. There was variation in the extent to which adults met the guidelines by state, sex, and current work status. Significantly higher percentages of adults met the guidelines than the national average in 14 states and the District of Columbia, while in 13 states, the percentages were significantly below the national average. For men, the percentage of those who met the national average was 27.2 percent, with variation from 17.7 percent in South Dakota to 40.3 percent in the District of Columbia. For women, the national average percentage was 18.7 percent, with variation from 9.7 percent in Mississippi to 31.5 percent in Colorado.

"Percentages meeting the guidelines among men were less regionally concentrated than among women," the authors write.

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