Gallup and Sharecare’s newly-published United States exercise rates research highlights the country’s most and least active communities.
Covering the 2015-2016 period, the study involves US residents, aged 18-plus, living in almost 190 US ‘metro areas’ (i.e. communities).
Questions focused on the past week’s worth of exercise. 90 or minutes’ exercise a week, over three or more days, was enough to put respondents in the ‘regular exercisers’ category.
Community Exercise Rankings
So, which community topped the exercise rankings league?
Boulder, Colorado, was found to be home to the highest number of regular exercisers. Here, 30 or 30-plus minutes’ daily exercise, three days a week, is carried out by around 70 per cent of the adult population. In second place comes Colorado’s Fort Collins, with a roughly 68 per cent regular adult exercisers share. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande (California), Greeley (Colorado) and Santa Rosa (California) make up the top five’s remainder, with 67, 65 and 62 per cent, respectively.
At the other end of the scale is North Carolina’s Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metro area, where only 42 per cent of adults are regular exercisers. Akron (Ohio), with 45 per cent and Iowa’s Cedar Rapids, with 45.6 per cent, round out the bottom three.
Regular Exercise Rates
Higher regular exercise rates tended to correlate with lower obesity, depression, cardiovascular, blood pressure or cholesterol-based incidences. Chronic disease rates for the top 10 exercise communities were, in fact, 30 per cent lower than for the bottom 10 exercise communities.
‘These communities also report higher rates of positive emotions, lower rates of smoking, higher rates healthy eating and fresh produce consumption, as well as better community well-being measures, including higher rates of impactful volunteerism and of feeling safe and secure’, Gallup and Sharecare add.
United States Exercise Levels
The analytics/advice firm also studied US-wide regular exercise levels. Its researchers calculated an overall 53.4 per cent rate for 2016. That exceeded all preceding nationwide percentages since 2008, when this annual poll series began. Some 350,000 US adults, representing all 50 states, participated.
“Exercising just 30 minutes three days each week can play a significant role in reducing obesity and other chronic diseases, resulting in significantly reduced health care utilization”, states Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index research director, Dan Witters. “Leaders in business, government and health care should continue to implement known methods for integrating exercise into the daily lifestyles of their constituents and leverage all five elements of well-being as a means of inspiring better exercise habits.”