Mar 18, 2024 - News

Majority of Georgians get 150 minutes of exercise each week

Share of population averaging at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week
Data: Brigham and Women's Hospital. Map: Axios Visuals

Do you find yourself sitting at your desk for long periods of time? It could be time for a walk break.

Why it matters: Many adults don't get the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of exercise a week, but they could hit that number with five 30-minute brisk walks a week.

Driving the news: New data from Apple and Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital indicates just 54% of Georgians who participated in their study were meeting that minimum.

  • That's on par with the national average.

Zoom out: Among study participants, the states with the highest percentage of people getting 150 minutes of weekly aerobic exercise were Massachusetts (67.2%), New York (66%), Connecticut (64.1%), and California (62.3%).

  • Mississippi (38.5%), Louisiana (41.3%), Oklahoma (41.4%), and West Virginia (41.7%) were the states with the lowest proportion of 150-minute exercisers.

Plus: The CDC also recommends two additional days of muscle-strengthening activity.

Beyond the physical health benefits, here's another reason to go for a stroll today: to boost your mental health and longevity.

Go deeper: Low-impact exercise routines are taking off in Atlanta


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