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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by ReformCollege View Post
    That map is only as good as the guidelines they set out. Which is probably not very....
    The guidelines are in the article.
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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post

    For the most part, more liberal states seem to have citizens that exercise more, while more conservative states seem to have citizens that exercise less (Arizona being the exception). I think that is related more to culture than anything else though.
    What I see are regional matters:

    Mountainous areas = higher elevation (alters how the body functions), encourages hiking, sight seeing, and skiing for many people. Cold weather encourages bundling, and for many, staving off depression during the winter requires them to be active. Staying warm burns more calories as does any activity that forces you to leave the house just to go to the store, etc (shoveling snow - or simply living in a populated area and making your way around on foot).

    Coastal regions = swimming, boating, beach going activities. More pleasant weather year round encourages outdoor activities.

    Southern states = heat, which encourages stagnant indoor activities. Very little natural activities to engage in. If you are lucky enough to live along one of the few, small mountain ranges then maybe you have options for hiking. For most of us - the South is a vast area of swamp and plains which = bad weather (lots of staying in doors).

    The only thing that's cultural is food.

    South is in love with anything cooked in oil or served with mayonnaise. Most fruits and veggies need to be imported to the Dixie and Regional South. Consumption of meat is higher as well. Sitting for 12 hours in a tree to shoot a deer doesn't count as eating healthier.

    Coastal areas = higher consumption of sea food (fish, shellfish, oysters, lobsters).

    Mountainous regions = a more varied diet, but most areas that are fair weathered have an abundance of fruits and veggies (like California) which makes them most affordable.
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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Poor, fat and stupid usually go together. As usual, the south leads the way.

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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    I agree that in some ways it is a luxury. However, anyone can make time for it. I work a lot of hours at times, and have a wife and 3 kids. I get up well before daylight and get runs in when I won't have time to do so otherwise, run or strength train over lunch at work, and bike to work unless its bitterly cold. Granted, I am fanatical about it, but I think anyone can find an average of 30 minutes a day for cardio or strength training. I think the differences in regions in regards to exercise and obesity is cultural more than anything else. If you friends run and excise regularly, you probably will as well. However, if your peers don't you are not as likely to either.
    Just no. It sounds nice, and I said the same things for years, but imagine my situation. I get called in to work for 0400. I have to be up at 0230 to be at work on time. Do you think I can wake up in the dead of night and just go running? Sure, if I get up at 0145 or earlier. That means I need to go to bed at 1745 to get to work on time the next day. I get home around 1630. Once I get showered and eat, it's already well past 1700. So, in order for me to accommodate exercise, I am left with spending less than an hour with my family. That's how divorces happen. I need to spend at least a couple hours a day with my wife and kid.

    Ok, well I still have two days off to get exercise, right? Yeah, two days that I don't get to pick. It could be this Wednesday and Friday, or maybe Saturday. Hell, I seriously have no idea if I work tomorrow as of right now. I definitely know I won't work before 1600. But, now I have to also help my wife clean the house, make meals for lunch, go shopping, see my parents and her parents, etc. etc. etc. My social responsibilities just don't allocate time to get up and work out.

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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by hjl1991 View Post
    Just no. It sounds nice, and I said the same things for years, but imagine my situation. I get called in to work for 0400. I have to be up at 0230 to be at work on time. Do you think I can wake up in the dead of night and just go running? Sure, if I get up at 0145 or earlier. That means I need to go to bed at 1745 to get to work on time the next day. I get home around 1630. Once I get showered and eat, it's already well past 1700. So, in order for me to accommodate exercise, I am left with spending less than an hour with my family. That's how divorces happen. I need to spend at least a couple hours a day with my wife and kid.

    Ok, well I still have two days off to get exercise, right? Yeah, two days that I don't get to pick. It could be this Wednesday and Friday, or maybe Saturday. Hell, I seriously have no idea if I work tomorrow as of right now. I definitely know I won't work before 1600. But, now I have to also help my wife clean the house, make meals for lunch, go shopping, see my parents and her parents, etc. etc. etc. My social responsibilities just don't allocate time to get up and work out.
    I understand it can be really hard, especially for someone with a job with hours like yours. However, fitness is every bit as important of an investment we make in ourselves and future as saving for retirement. In fact, if you are fit and healthy when you retire, you will need far less money to retire with. Even if a person can only exercise a couple of days a week, thats still far better than nothing.
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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    What I see are regional matters:

    Southern states = heat, which encourages stagnant indoor activities. Very little natural activities to engage in. If you are lucky enough to live along one of the few, small mountain ranges then maybe you have options for hiking. For most of us - the South is a vast area of swamp and plains which = bad weather (lots of staying in doors).
    I got to disagree with this one. I am an avid runner and cyclist. I live in the Kansas City area so we get everything from hot and humid to bitter cold here. I also grew up in central Arkansas which is one of the hottest and most humid places in the country during the summer. I can tell you that on balance, it is easier to exercise in hot and humid weather than it is in the bitter cold. Even on a hot day I can get out early in the morning and get a long run or ride in before its too overly oppressive. However, if its in the single digits out or colder, I still get out and run, but its hard. Moreover, in the south you get 3 to 4 months of really hot weather and the rest of the year is absolutely great for outdoor exercise. In the Midwest you get hot summers, cold winters, lots of wind in spring, and basically its only fall that its consistently pleasant to exercise in. I think the reason why southerners do not exercise more is more cultural than anything else. They have the perfect climate for it.

    Anyway you slice it, the weather in the south makes it easier to stay fit than the weather in places like Minnesota or Wisconsin. I think the differences are purely cultural as to why they exercise so much more up there.
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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    I understand it can be really hard, especially for someone with a job with hours like yours. However, fitness is every bit as important of an investment we make in ourselves and future as saving for retirement. In fact, if you are fit and healthy when you retire, you will need far less money to retire with. Even if a person can only exercise a couple of days a week, thats still far better than nothing.
    I whole heartedly agree. I definitely make fitness a priority in spite of not actually being able to exercise. I don't count calories, but do eat many fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and pastas, etc. I drink a cup of coffee and a glass of wine every day, and my breakfast always consists of a smoothie made with spinach and kale made with my Vitamix. When I'm at work, I do a lot of walking and put on/take off a lot of handbrakes. I can say that my health is good, but it won't ever be as good as it was when I made it to states in wrestling again.

    Last summer was the last time I'll be able to win a 5k in at least the next decade or two. And beach muscles/six pack abs? My arms are noodles compared to my figure of the past.

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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Colorado FTW
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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by Morton View Post
    Poor, fat and stupid usually go together. As usual, the south leads the way.
    Poor and fat, maybe. Stupid, though, would be spending oneself into bankruptcy, like the situation in which California finds itself. Not only that, but more and more people are leaving the place: The Weekend Interview with Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus - WSJ.com

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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Read more here: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise - Richard Florida - The Atlantic Cities

    Here is a map:



    For the most part, more liberal states seem to have citizens that exercise more, while more conservative states seem to have citizens that exercise less (Arizona being the exception). I think that is related more to culture than anything else though.
    Or the coast state are more superficial and the interior states have to go to work.

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