Mar 14, 2024 - News

Tennessee residents below average in aerobic exercise time

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

While Pilates is a popular trend, many of us could still stand to be healthier.

  • The good news: Something as simple as a brisk walk around the block could do the trick.

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 many Tennesseans aren't hitting that minimum.

Reality check: That's true even among Tennessee residents who track their fitness data with an Apple Watch — presumably a particularly health-conscious bunch.

  • And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends two additional days of muscle-strengthening activity.

By the numbers: Tennesseans in the Apple and Brigham and Women's Hospital study hit that minimum 50.02% of the time.

  • That was slightly worse than the national average: 54%.

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

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