Only one in five Americans meet physical activity guidelines, according to data from the most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey.
The guidelines require adults to participate in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise – or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity cardiovascular exercise – each week and perform strength training exercises twice a week.
Nebraska represents the national average: 19 percent of residents meet the recommended guidelines, the report said. In Iowa, 17.2 percent of respondents meet the criteria.
Nationwide, males, young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, people on the West Coast and those with a college degree were more likely to meet the exercise guidelines.
More people reported only strength training twice a week: 28 percent of Nebraskans and 27.5 percent of Iowans. Nearly half of Nebraskans and Iowans do cardio exclusively.
The 2011 telephone survey included responses from more than 450,000 Americans in the U.S. Because the data is self-reported, the numbers might be inflated.
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