Overweight State: Few People Exercise In Pennsylvania

(Pittsburgh Patch) Just 22.9 percent of American adults are getting enough exercise, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found that Pennsylvanians are bucking the national trend, albeit not by much in terms of percentage.

Most of the adults that met these federal guidelines did so through physical activity performed during leisure time as opposed to physical activity performed at work.

The report looked at what percentage of American adults met the 2008 recommended federal guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity between 2010 and 2015. The report noted that leisure-time physical activity and occupational physical activity may not have comparable health benefits. According to the CDC, previous research shows that occupational physical activity can have less-than-positive effects.

Pennsylvania adults get more exercise than the average American adult, the report found. According to the CDC, 25.6 percent of adults in the Keystone State got the recommended amount of exercise between 2010 and 2015. In general, states in the West and the Rocky Mountain region were more likely to be above the national average while states in the Southeast landed in the below-average category.

Men exercised more than women, the report found. Overall, 27.2 percent of adult men got enough exercise while 18.7 percent of adult women met the recommended amount. Pennsylvania men and women exercised more than the national average. According to the CDC, 29.3 percent of Pennsylvania men and 21.8 percent of women got the recommended amount of exercise between 2010 and 2015.

Pennsylvania was one of 14 states that had a significantly higher percentage of adults who met the federal guidelines. The percentage of working adults getting enough exercise here also was also above the national average for both sexes.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults perform at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate physical activity every week or 75 minutes (1.5 hours) of vigorous physical activity in addition to muscle strengthening activities two or more days per week.