Mar 29, 2024 - News

Virginians get more steps in than most of the U.S.

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

Virginians are getting their steps in.

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, reports Axios' Carly Mallenbaum.

By the numbers: About 60% of Virginians do, which is higher than the U.S. average of 54.4%, according to new data from Apple and Brigham Women's Hospital.

  • That percentage puts us in the top 20 in the country.
  • The highest percentage is Massachusetts with 67.2%, while the lowest was 38.5% in Mississippi.

Reality check: These figures are from Apple Watch users, which are arguably a health-conscious group.

The bottom line: Use these warmer days ahead to walk outside if you can — it boosts your physical and mental health and helps you live longer.

Go deeper: Low-impact exercise is taking off.

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