The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 22.9% of U.S. adults meet the minimum requirements for healthy exercise. In 2010, the CDC launched their Healthy People 2020 Initiative. The goal was to get 20.1% of adults to meet its exercise requirements. It’s 2018, and we’ve done it! Here’s what you need to do to join the ranks of adequate exercisers.

Some States Are Healthier Than Others

According to Tainya Clarke, a health statistician and epidemiologist with the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics and one of the authors of the report, “there are differences at the state level, and there are differences by some sociodemographic factors.”

Which states lead the exercise pack? Colorado came in on top with 32.5%. I suppose with over 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s easy to get motivated. Washington D.C. and 13 other states beat the 20.1% goal by a long shot. Mississippi struggled at 13.5%.

How To Make The Exercise A-Team

The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity and 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week. You’ll also need to toss in two sessions of muscle-strengthening activities.

Adequate physical activity is a leading health indicator. Meeting the above exercise requirements puts you at a reduced risk for heart attack, stroke, respiratory disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Exercise Can Be Fun!

According to the report, exercise doesn’t have to take place in the gym or on the track. Physical activity can be fun! It can include walking or cycling. If you commute by bike or on foot, it counts.

There used to be a lot more exercise built into our daily routines. Advancements in transportation technology have made it too easy to skimp on the exercise. Be conscious of being sedentary and become a healthier you!