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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 19, 2013

US Adults Are Lax on Meeting National Exercise Guidelines

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(23):2431. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6687

Too many US adults are missing out on the health benefits of exercise, as only 20% meet federal recommendations for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Statistics in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that nationally, 52% of adults got sufficient aerobic exercise and 29% performed enough muscle-strengthening activity to meet the guidelines. The data are from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a telephone survey of adults aged 18 years or older conducted by state health departments.