The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released its annual report on the physical activity of adults in each state. The results? Barely half – 51.6 percent – of the population achieves 150-minutes of aerobic activity per week.
In all fairness, muscle strengthening was counted as a separate tier, so working out with weights at your local gym wouldn't tally toward the 150-minute suggestion. When taking weights into account, only a fifth of people met the CDC’s standard for aerobic and anaerobic training.
The most shocking discovery however, could be that over a quarter – 25.4 percent – of all Americans reported having no physical activity during the week, and when you break that down by state, the numbers become even uglier.
Pennsylvania tied Maryland as the 24th laziest state with 26.2 percent of the population reporting no physical activity weekly.
New Jersey clocked in as the 21st most lethargic at 26.4 percent. Jersey, what happened to GTL?
New York didn’t fare much better, being labeled the 22nd most immobile state at 26.3 percent.
Although, out of the tri-state area, Delaware was our most dormant, coming in as the 14th laziest state in America.
There are several ways to correct the problem, but the first step is making the time. In order to meet the threshold, you could schedule a 45-minute workout three days a week, or put aside 20 minutes a day.
Instead of watching that Seinfeld episode for the ninth time, you could ride your bike around the neighborhood or shoot some hoops with your buddies or children (we all know that jumper could use some work).
Here is a look at the sluggish top 10; interesting enough, only Indiana and Missouri are considered states of the North by the United States Census Bureau:
1. Mississippi 36.0 %
2. Tennessee 35.1 %
West Virginia 35.1 %
4. Louisiana 33.8 %
5. Alabama 32.6 %
6. Oklahoma 31.2 %
7. Arkansas 30.9 %
8. Kentucky 29.3 %
9. Indiana 29.2 %
10. Missouri 28.4 %