Maps reveal that 30% of Southerners and half of Puerto Ricans don't exercise
Fifteen percent of Americans get no exercise and nearly a third of people in seven states - mostly in the South - are totally inactive, new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maps reveal.
A sedentary lifestyle - defined as getting no physical activity beyond the basic movements from the couch to the kitchen or the car to your desk - is a risk factor for one in 10 early deaths.
Despite the surge of health, wellness and fitness gurus in recent years in the US, Americans are by and large still couch potatoes.
Coloradans fare a little better, with just 17.3 percent qualifying as 'inactive,' while nearly half of people in Puerto Rico are getting no exercise.
The CDC cautions that, if the sitting trend continues, sedentary life will cost the US $117 billion a year.
Getting a move on would reduce Americans' risks for many of the leading causes of death in the US, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
At least 200,000 of those would be preventable via lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, eating less salt and exercising.
But it doesn't seem that Americans have gotten the message.
'Too many adults are inactive, and they may not know how much it affects their health,' says Dr Ruth Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity.
'Being physically active helps you sleep better, feel better and reduce your risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.'
Yet more than 15 percent of American adults, aren't ...
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