Mar 14, 2024 - Health

Louisiana residents are among the least likely to exercise in the country

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

Louisianans are logging the least amount of exercise in the country, according to new Apple Watch data.

Why it matters: It's not good news for a state that struggles with obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

The big picture: Only 41.3% of Louisiana adults get the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of exercise a week, the data shows.

  • It's worse than the national average of 54%.

Driving the news: Louisiana was the second worst state for exercising, according to Apple and Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

  • Mississippi was the worst, with only 38.5% of residents logging at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly.

Meanwhile, Louisiana has one of the country's highest prescribing rates for anti-obesity drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, according to insurance claims data provided to Axios by health analytics company PurpleLab.

Reality check: People included in this exercise research were adults who track their fitness data with an Apple Watch — presumably a particularly health-conscious bunch.

  • It doesn't include other trackers like Fitbits or Android devices.
  • The CDC also recommends two additional days of muscle-strengthening activity.

The intrigue: We're no longer in the heyday of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and CrossFit. Now, low-impact and functional fitness workouts are all the rage for American adults.

  • More than one-third of Americans say they prefer low-intensity training exclusively, according to recent data from exercise booking platform Mindbody.
  • Pilates, in particular, is increasing in popularity.

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