Monday, January 18, 2010

Americans Exercise Less in 2009 Than in 2008 [charts]

“With New Year's resolutions aimed at slimming down and getting in shape top of mind for many Americans, Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data reveal that Americans have some ground to make up in 2010 in terms of exercise frequency. The percentage of Americans saying they exercised for at least 30 minutes 1 day or more per week decreased from an average of 69.1% in 2008 to 68.1% in 2009, with year-over-year comparisons down for 10 out of 12 months last year. In addition to asking about exercise frequency, Gallup and Healthways also survey Americans about whether it is easy to get a safe place to exercise in the city or area where they live. Those who do not have a safe place to exercise are far more likely than those who do to report that they did not exercise at all in a given week -- 42.4% vs. 30.0%. And likewise...

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