Fewer than half US adults get enough exercise

August 7, 2012

Fewer than half of US adults get enough physical activity for their health, said a US government study released Tuesday.

In a country where two thirds of the population is overweight or obese, just 48 percent get enough exercise, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Current US guidelines call for at least two and a half hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, such as , in periods of at least 10 minutes each.

The report found that walking as exercise is increasing, with about six in 10 US adults getting active through walking.

"More than 145 million adults are now getting some of their physical activity by walking," said a statement by CDC director Thomas Frieden.

"People who are physically active live longer and are at lower risk for , stroke, , depression and some cancers."

Joan Dorn, branch chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch in CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, said she was encouraged by the increase in adults who walk for exercise.

"But there is still room for improvement. People need more safe and convenient places to walk. People walk more where they feel protected from traffic and safe from crime," she said.

"Communities can be designed or improved to make it easier for people to walk to the places they need and want to go."

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freethinking
3 / 5 (2) Aug 07, 2012
Here is an idea for progressives, lets mandate by law that everyone must exercise a minimum amount per week. We should implant chips to prove compliance. This is for the good of society, and we can fine those who don't exercise. We could have the IRS involved and this fine would not be called a tax, unless it needs to be called a tax.

Sad thing is, if some progressive like Obama would suggest it, VD and many other progressives would jump on the bandwagon.

Anger a Progressive, show true love and speak the truth.
Tangent2
not rated yet Aug 07, 2012
Here is an idea for progressives, lets mandate by law that everyone must exercise a minimum amount per week. We should implant chips to prove compliance. This is for the good of society, and we can fine those who don't exercise. We could have the IRS involved and this fine would not be called a tax, unless it needs to be called a tax.


This proposal has striking similarities to the 'Orwellian' idea from the book 1984.
freethinking
3 / 5 (2) Aug 08, 2012
Most things that Progressives want are "Orwellian".

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