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    Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    The new year is a time when many of us vow to head back to the gym. Moderate exercise not only helps us slim down and look better, it's also associated with all sorts of good health outcomes, from higher energy and productivity, better sleep and sex, and even greater longevity. In many cases, exercise may treat diseases as effectively as drugs, as [/FONT][/COLOR]one BMJ study[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Palatino Linotype] recently showed.Everyone knows it, but not everybody does it. Just a month after making those New Year's resolutions, 36 percent will already have given up, according to University of Scranton psychologist John Norcross.
    And overall, American adults aren't nearly as fit as they should be, according to a report on aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [see p. 326 of the PDF]. Drawing on data from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, a nationwide telephone survey with more than 450,000 responses, the report looked at who met the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines: two weekly sessions of muscle strengthening, and 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity).
    [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Palatino Linotype]Just 51.6 percent of U.S. adults met the aerobic activity standard and less than a third (29.3 percent) met the muscle-strengthening standard. Only roughly one in five Americans (20.6 percent) met both standards. (And, since the data is self-reported, there's a good chance these numbers might be inflated).
    The overall numbers are concerning. And, they vary considerably by state.
    Read more here: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise - Richard Florida - The Atlantic Cities

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    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.
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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

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    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.
    That is an oddly curious concentration of states with people who exercise very little.

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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    That is an oddly curious concentration of states with people who exercise very little.
    It's almost the exact opposite of this:

    obesity-by-county.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by brothern View Post
    It's almost the exact opposite of this:

    obesity-by-county.jpg
    3 correlations I am seeing. The first is the more socially conservative an area is, the higher the obesity rates. The second is, the more affluent an urban area is, the lower the obesity rates. Finally, the higher the altitude of an area, the lower the obesity rates.
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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    3 correlations I am seeing. The first is the more socially conservative an area is, the higher the obesity rates.
    I know Wisconsin and Illinois, because that's where I lived, and I see exceptions (or counters) to that observation.

    Illinois: Cook (left) and Iroquois/Ford (right) follow the trend. Logan (left) and Adams/Clay/Wayne/Edwards (right) buck it.
    Wisconsin: Dane (left) and Jefferson (right) follow the trend. But then the most conservative counties Waukeshau/Washington/Ozaukee and then Milwaukee buck it.

    But because I know Wisconsin better, I will suggest the following (because I don't want to do a full regression fit on these).

    % with bachelors or higher
    Dane (left) 40.6% - 2nd thinnest category
    Ozaukee (right) 38.06% - 2nd thinnest category
    Waukesha (right) 34.0% - 2nd thinnest category
    ...
    Milwaukee (left) - 23.63% - fattest category
    Jefferson (right) - 17.37% - fattest category

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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    The biggest thing that I am seeing (as well as what others are mentioning) is that people that live in farmlands are more obese than those that don't. Cheaper and more readily available food = more fat people. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hjl1991 View Post
    The biggest thing that I am seeing (as well as what others are mentioning) is that people that live in farmlands are more obese than those that don't. Cheaper and more readily available food = more fat people. Go figure.
    How many farmers have you seen out on a run? I grew up in rural Arkansas out in the mountains, you just don't see that many people out there running / exercising. However, that said, I think its a southern thing because when you go up to Minnesota or our to Colorado, you see a lot of people in rural areas out running and riding road bikes. There are some strong ultra-runners down in Arkansas as well, but they live in and around the population centers for the most part.
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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    How many farmers have you seen out on a run? I grew up in rural Arkansas out in the mountains, you just don't see that many people out there running / exercising. However, that said, I think its a southern thing because when you go up to Minnesota or our to Colorado, you see a lot of people in rural areas out running and riding road bikes. There are some strong ultra-runners down in Arkansas as well, but they live in and around the population centers for the most part.
    You could almost say that regular exercise is a luxury. I know that before I worked on the railroad I had plenty of time to exercise. Throw in a 60 hour a week job (and farmers work more than that), a wife and kid, and you just plain can't afford the time to go for a regular run or bike ride, let alone pay for a gym membership.

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    Re: Where Americans Get Enough Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by hjl1991 View Post
    You could almost say that regular exercise is a luxury. I know that before I worked on the railroad I had plenty of time to exercise. Throw in a 60 hour a week job (and farmers work more than that), a wife and kid, and you just plain can't afford the time to go for a regular run or bike ride, let alone pay for a gym membership.
    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.
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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.
    That map is only as good as the guidelines they set out. Which is probably not very....

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